Updated 11/30/16 at 12:00 PM with “Twitter” statement by Trump
President-elect Donald Trump used Twitter to broadcast an admonition of Mr. Artan this morning, stating the Somali refugee–who spent years in Pakistan prior to his Ohio State car-and-knife rampage Monday–should never have been let into America.
Original post continues below:
This may become a DEVELOPING STORY
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, Ohio State University student (above) made news Monday morning when he attacked at least eleven people on campus before being killed by campus police.
Artan, 18, used his car (reportedly pictured below) to mow down some pedestrians. After crashing from running into some police interference, he pulled out a knife and stabbed some people.
Below, the police secure the area in a Winnebago-converted-to-mobile-police-command-center
Apparently, an “active shooter on campus” message was circulated by university-wide text message. Mr. Artan reportedly had no gun, though according to several conservative media sites, Democratic lawmakers and bloggers were out for metaphorical blood:
“Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
VP nominee Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Twitter:
“Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community”
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom:
“My thoughts are w/Ohio State this AM. We cannot let an average of 1 school shooting/wk be the normal in America. Too many lives are at stake”
Far-left blog “Vox” was out with the following Monday at 5:01 PM:
Ohio State University on Monday morning sent out multiple alerts to students and staff to “Run Hide Fight” and take shelter to avoid an attacker on campus. Police and school officials confirmed that there had been a car-and-knife attack — not a shooting — at the university, which has nearly 60,000 students.
The story is quickly developing, so some details may be wrong and may change. Here’s what we know and what we don’t.
The guy on the right was apparently lucid enough in the aftermath to listen to his iPod.
Students text family and friends after securing the doorway.
Artan was a Somali-born permanent resident of the U.S. and arrived in 2014 after a cup of coffee in Pakistan. He was featured in the campus newspaper in August and reportedly gave the following quote:
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”
Some other interesting details from CNN:
A community member who spoke to the attacker’s family described them as shocked. The community member described Artan as a good kid. She confirmed Artan had just finished community college before starting this semester at Ohio State.
Neighbor Stephanie Leper told CNN Artan’s family occupies four units. Law enforcement vehicles arrived at the town homes sometime after 10 a.m. and took people away in “paddy wagons,” she said.
It is unclear if Artan was inspired by the Bastille Day Massacre in Nice, France, in which Mohamed Salmene Lahouaiej-Bouhlel used a semi truck to run over a crowded pier on July 14 in the name of ISIS. He had a much larger kill total with 86 (and 434 injured).
Alan Horujko, 28 (above) of OSU police, fatally shot Artan
A “Facebook” post, reproduced in part below, is attributed to Artan by multiple media outlets.
The post, which we could not recover, reportedly also mentions Anwar al-Awlaki.
Unlike Mr. Artan, al-Awlaki (above) was an American citizen. He was executed by drone strike in Yemen at age 40 after President Obama personally signed off on his death. al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, was also executed by President Obama at the age of 16.
“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE … I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries … [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”
ABC News reports that the post is being investigated by the FBI and was reportedly associated with a profile under the name Abdul Artan. However, that individual listed their age as 20, and has not been confirmed as the 18-year-old Artan shot in Columbus Monday.
On Tuesday, the ISIS news agency AMAQ praised the attack, according to Huffington Post:
The Islamic State news agency AMAQ posted a photo of Abdul Razak Ali Artan wearing a blue shirt and sitting with greenery in the background. It described him as a soldier of the group.
“Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the Ohio attack, a student in his third year in university,” the caption read.
Members of Columbus’ Somali community have denounced the attack.
AMAQ has claimed credit for domestic and Asian terror attacks in the name of ISIS before. Although Artan reportedly lived in Pakistan about seven years after escaping Somali as a refugee and may well have been radicalized, ISIS has inflated its worldwide image in the past by falsely claiming coordination with so-called “lone wolf” terrorists.
In other news, Associated Press reported last week via Sun Herald that police in the very same Columbus, OH have cashed in on a Department of Homeland Security grant for better crowd control of the little people [our emphasis]:
Police in Columbus have used a $40,000 Homeland Security grant to purchase high-tech audio equipment that will help control rowdy crowds in Ohio’s capital city.
Division of Police officials on Monday held a demonstration for its newest tool — a long-range acoustic device mounted atop an armored vehicle.
The LRAD can send an ear-splitting directional blast of sound that acts like a water canon to break up crowds. It also has the ability to clearly broadcast messages within a range of 1.8 miles.
Lt. Paul Ohl, the head of Columbus police’s SWAT unit, says the purchase was made after residents who have been subjected to tear gas in crowds complained that they never heard warnings to disperse.
Police declined to provide technical specifics such as the LRAD’s exact decibel level.
Thanks to our sources:
Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Photo, Facebook Post, OSU ‘Lantern’ Interview: Muslim Feared Praying In Public