Suspect was student, Somali refugee
The Ohio State attacker went to school there and is from Somalia.
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Law enforcement officials told NBC News the suspect’s name is Abdul Razaq Ali Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said.
The motive was unknown, although law enforcement sources said Artan posted a rant on social media prior to the incident. Officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.
“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.
Officials said Artan was in the car by himself, but investigators are trying to determine if anyone else was involved in the planning.
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