Turns out the only victim of gun violence at Ohio State University Monday was a suspected terrorist on a killing spree.
Police shot the suspect dead after he swerved the car he was driving off the road into a group of people and then attacked them with a knife. The suspect is believed to be an OSU student who is a Somali refugee, reports NBC News.
“Our officer was on scene in less than a minute, and he ended the situation in less than a minute,” OSU chief of police Craig Stone said at a press conference. “He engaged the suspect, and he eliminated the threat.” (RELATED: Dems Instantly Turned The OSU Knife Attack Into A Gun Control Debate)
Stone said the man drove a vehicle over the curb and struck pedestrians just before 10 a.m. Monday morning, then exited the vehicle and used a “butcher knife” to start cutting pedestrians. “This was done on purpose,” he said.
The suspect was described as an “active shooter” in early morning reports of the incident, but it later became clear he did not use a gun in the attack. None of the nine people he injured, including one who is in critical condition, are reported to have gunshot wounds. OSU officials said their wounds include stab wounds and injuries from the vehicle.
One law enforcement source told The New York Times terror has not been ruled out as a motive.
An OSU student told TheNYT she was on her way to class when the attack happened. “I saw a bunch of people running and when they were running they were screaming and yelling,” she said. “And then all of a sudden, I heard four or five gunshots.”
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