OHIO STATE ATTACK: Suspect posted to Facebook before attack

Published: Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 5:13 PM


            Abdul Razak Ali Artan. Photo courtesy Kevin Stankiewicz, The OSU Lantern, Ohio State University newspaper.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan. Photo courtesy Kevin Stankiewicz, The OSU Lantern, Ohio State University newspaper.

UPDATE @6:20 a.m.

Investigators are examining Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Facebook page to determine whether the attack was terrorism, though law enforcement officials said it will take time to ascertain motive.

In a Facebook post shortly before the Monday morning rampage, the Somali immigrant urged America “to stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah,” a term for Muslim people at large.

“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”

FIRST REPORT

The Ohio State University attack suspect has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan of Somalia. There are conflicting reports on his age, between 18-20.

Artan did an interview with OSU’s campus newspaper, The Lantern, in August about his fear as a Muslim, of praying on campus.

In the interview with Lantern reporter Kevin Stankewicz, Artan said Muslims must pray five times a day, and before he came to OSU, he attended Columbus State where he was able to go in to private prayer rooms.

Artan described himself as a third year Logistics Management student in the article, who was interviewed on his first day on the OSU campus.

He told the reporter he was fearful of praying out in the open on such a large campus because of how the media portrayed Muslims.

On Monday morning, at approximately 9:50 a.m., Artan drove his Honda Civic alone, over a sidewalk near OSU’s Watts Hall striking as many as 10 pedestrians, some OSU students, according to OSU’s Public Safety Director, Monica Moll.

She went on to say that Artan then used a butcher knife to stab those pedestrians.

Approximately one minute later, OSU police officer Alan Horujko shot and killed Artan.

RELATED CONTENT: Coverage of Ohio State news conference

Trending - Most Read Stories

1 injured when Jeep rams into house on South Bird Road in Clark County

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

1 injured when Jeep rams into Clark County house

UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a Jeep rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. 

According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: New details in fatal wrong-way crash

That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers. 

South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.

INITIAL REPORT

Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.

The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.

We will update this developing report as we get information.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Trending - Most Read Stories

UPDATE: Gun powder in homemade bottle bomb found along MetroPark bike path

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (June 20): Red Dot gun powder has been identified by Dayton Bomb Squad members as the substance in the bottle bomb found Tuesday, said Mark Hess, Five Rivers MetroParks public safety chief.

Investigators have no additional information or suspects, Hess said.

Alliant Red Dot gun powder is the brand name for a smokeless powder used primarily for light and standard 12 gauge target loads, but can be used in some handgun loads, according to midwayusa.com (Midway Arms, Inc.)

INITIAL REPORT (June 19)

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

TRENDING: Wrong-way driver causes fatal downtown Dayton crash

Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field about 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, said Lt. Mark Arendt, Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division. 

TRENDING: American Airlines flights though PSA Airlines to be reduced rest of week

The device was found partially burned and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Father indicted on charges in shooting death of 2-year-old son

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Jamahl N. Evans
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Jamahl N. Evans(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

The father of a 2-year-old who investigators said was fatally shot by his 13-year-old brother will face criminal charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

RELATED: Father and son charged in shooting death of 2-year-old in Harrison Twp.

Jamahl Evans, 34, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, 10 counts of having weapons under disability, possession of marijuana, and a drug paraphernalia charge, according to a grand jury report.

RELATED: Dad facing gun charge in 2-year-old’s death has long criminal history

Evans is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges June 26, records indicate. 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Sheriff: 13-year-old playing with gun fatally shoots 2-year-old brother

Evans’ 13-year-old son is accused of playing with a loaded gun June 4 when the gun discharged, striking and killing 2-year-old J’veontae Johnston. 

The teen is also facing charges of reckless homicide in Montgomery County Juvenile Court. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Chance for showers and storms tonight, into start of weekend

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

Heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible Wednesday.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Passing showers and storms this evening
  • Temperatures cool a bit Thursday
  • Increasing rain chances late Thursday into Friday

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive HD Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Passing showers and storms are possible through the afternoon and into the evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Most shower and storms should dissipate after dark, Elwell said. 

Temperatures will hold into the 80s before falling to a low in the middle to upper 60s overnight. 

>> FLOODING: Know your risks

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies and a break in humidity to start the day. However, a front will quickly return to the area, bringing the threat for more showers and storms by the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will reach the upper 70s. 

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and storms likely especially in the afternoon. A few storms could be severe, along with locally heavy rainfall. Highs will be near 80 degrees. 

Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds to start the weekend with a passing shower or storm possible, especially in southern counties. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.  

>> Cloudy with a chance of podcast

Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with another changer for a shower or storm, mainly in southern counties. Highs will be in the lower 80s. 

>> The UV index explained

Monday: Mostly sunny skies return with highs reaching the lower 80s. 

Trending - Most Read Stories