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ISIS Takes Credit For Ohio State Attack

11 December 2016
ISIS Takes Credit For Ohio State Attack

The Columbus Dispatch reported that an alert was issued to the university community of an active shooter on campus at around 10 a.m.

Angshuman Kapil, a graduate student, was outside Watts Hall when the auto barreled onto the sidewalk. Little is publicly known about the family's time there, but after seven years, they came to the U.S.as refugees.

While there has been no word as to what has taken place, one student told NBC News that a she saw a vehicle plow into a crowd of people who'd evacuated a building.

Minutes before the attack, authorities said Artan posted a "declaration" to Facebook.

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, the Amaq News Agency - ISIS' propaganda wing - reported that Monday's attack was carried out by a "soldier of the Islamic State", and praised the attacker's use of a auto and knife.

Students had just returned to class Monday after the Thanksgiving break - and after the OSU football team's big win Saturday over the school's biggest rival, the University of MI.

Another student told NBC News that he heard gunfire.

Taylor Mitoke, a sophomore strategic communications major at OSU, said she was walking to class while directly across from the scene near Watts Hall and saw a large crowd of people standing outside of the building.

The Columbus Police Department referred calls to Ohio State.

"I want everyone to know that we the Somali-American community stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow Americans in condemning the sickening violence that took place in our city earlier today", Abdi Dini, a member of the Somali community, said at a news conference in Ohio.

Artan talked about being a Muslim and said that Columbus State had offered more accommodations for prayer. "I'm a Muslim, it's not what media portrays me to be", he told the newspaper. Run hide fight. Watts Hall.

"I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media". "If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen".

"But, I don't blame them", Artan continued.

"It frankly took a piece out of everybody here at our lovely Ohio StateUniversity that this could have happened here", Ohio Governor John Kasich said at a news conference. The amount of police cars and swat team cars that showed up was remarkable.

The bloodshed came as students were returning to classes following the Thanksgiving break and Ohio State's football victory over rival MI that brought more than 100,000 fans to campus Saturday. Horujko, 28, has been with the department since 2015. The area around 19th Avenue remains closed, with classes canceled for the day and set to resume on Tuesday.

Law enforcement sources say nine people have been transported to hospitals and a suspect has been killed in an active shooter situation at Ohio State University. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; hide, get silently out of view; or fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.