The Ohio State Department of Public Safety released the name of the suspect involved in the violent attack of students on campus this afternoon — Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18 year old Somali Refugee and U.S. Legal Permanent Resident, was killed in his attack effort, but left 11 others wounded in his wake.
Less than two hours before the attack, Ali Artan wrote on his Facebook page that he had hit a “boiling point”, referenced an understanding of “lone wolf attacks” and praised deceased radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” said Ali Artan in his post.
Only three months ago, in an interview with “The Lantern” campus publication for their “Humans of Ohio State” column, Ali Artan sang a different tune.
“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,” he lamented.
His solution to facing this fear turned out to be ramming his car into a group of pedestrians at his college, exiting the car, and stabbing bystanders with a butcher’s knife until police arrived and killed him on the spot.
To read the full interview “The Lantern” performed with Ali Artan, click through to pages 4-5 of the linked document.