UPDATE: 4:02 p.m. EST -- Police are investigating whether an attack Monday at Ohio State University was related to terrorism. Nine people were injured with one in critical condition after Abdul Razak Ali Artan hit a group of people with his car before stabbing them with a butcher knife on the university's campus. Artan was reportedly killed by police Monday afternoon.
UPDATE: 3:41 p.m. EST -- A man reportedly responsible for Monday's attack on Ohio State University's campus discussed his faith with the university's student newspaper in August.
"I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I'm a Muslim, it's not what the media portrays me to be," he told The Lantern. "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 just going to 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."
Artan was described as a transfer from Columbus State and a third-year student in logistics management. He was reportedly killed by police Monday after attacking the campus.
Artan was born in Somalia and it's unclear when he moved to the U.S. He was a legal permanent resident.
Police killed an attacker on the Ohio State University's campus Monday. Abdul Razak Ali Artan was killed by police after law enforcement and university officials declared an active shooter situation at the school, NBC News and ABC News reported.
Police did not officially identify the attacker. Columbus police told local station NBC 4 that the suspect had died at 11:03 a.m. EST. The station reported that two others were handcuffed and escorted out of a parking garage and into a SWAT car.
Artan was an 18-year-old Somali man, according to CNN. A man by that name is listed as having graduated from Columbus State Community College in 2016.
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone told reporters that the suspect drove a vehicle over a curb on campus, hitting pedestrians before exiting the car with a butcher knife. He was then shot by a police officer.
The attack ended with multiple people injured from stab wounds and a victim being hit by a car, a school spokesman told the Associated Press Monday afternoon. Local news station WSYX ABC 6 had previously reported that three people were shot. An Ohio State professor told NBC 4 that someone had been slashed with a machete.
Fire department officials confirmed that eight people had been taken to the hospital with one in critical condition and seven in stable condition, according to NBC 4. The university's student newspaper The Lantern tweeted that at least one body bag was seen in front of Koffolt Labs at 10:22 a.m. EST. Engineering professor David Wood told NBC 4 he saw a body covered in a sheet outside of the labs.
Ohio State University issued an emergency alert Monday morning about an active shooter situation on its campus. "Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College," the university posted on its website. The university issued a second alert at 10:20 a.m. EST, urging students and staff to "continue to shelter in place in north campus area." Police gathered at Watts Hall, where the school's science and engineering department is housed.
The shelter in place order was lifted shortly after 11:30 a.m. EST and police declared the campus secure. Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center announced they were treating four victims, none with life-threatening injuries.
All classes at the university were canceled for the remainder of Monday. "Law enforcement will continue to have a visible presence on campus," the department of public safety wrote on its website. Ohio State has a total of 66,046 students on its campus, according to the university website.