Many people learning about a mass attack on the Ohio State University campus are wondering if the perpetrator was muslim, more specifically, a radical islamic terrorist – aka ISIS.
The attacker, who was shot dead by police, has not yet been identified, however, recent posts on social media about a fire alarm being pulled and a car running into a group of people suggests the attack may have been carried out by an ISIS operative.
Earlier this month, an ISIS magazine article targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade suggested to jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS suggested that a lone wolf use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon. Witness tells NBC4 that a fire alarm was pulled, people cleared Watts Hall, then a car came along and started hitting those who evacuated. Earlier this morning, an active shooter was reported on the north part of the OSU campus in Columbus, Ohio. Police tweeted just before 10 a.m., “active shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” The Columbus Dispatch reports that one person in the car had a gun while the other had a “large knife.” WBNS reports that nine people have been shot on the campus. The station says that of those nine, eight are in stable condition while one is in critical condition. NBC Columbus’ Ted Hart reports that a person attacked with a large knife is a professor at the school. h/t heavy
Reports from the scene show a suspect lifeless on the sidewalk.