Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the student who injured at least 11 people at Ohio State University yesterday morning before he was shot dead, claimed earlier this year that he was a pious and ‘scared’ Muslim.
The attack took place in the morning when Artan, 18, aimed his Honda Civic at a group of pedestrians, jumping the curb and colliding with them. He then exited the vehicle and began slashing pedestrians. By 9:53 am, less than a minute later, responding officer Alan Horujko had shot and killed him.
In an interview with the Ohio State student newspaper in August, Artan, a logistics management student, explained why he was scared:
I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media.
Just before the attack on Monday morning, Artan posted to Facebook lamenting the treatment of Muslims worldwide.
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. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re going to just have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.
I am sick and tired of seeing [Muslims] killed & tortured EVERYWHERE… I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries… [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying [out] lone wolf attacks.
By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.
NBC News reports Artan was born in Somalia and moved to Pakistan with his family in 2007. He came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 2014.
While there have been no reports that Artan pledged allegiance to ISIS, the OSU attack came just two days after the terrorist group put out a call for would-be jihadis in the West to carry out attacks there by using weapons that would not attract the attention of authorities, such as knives or homemade explosives.