Federal and state authorities in Ohio are continuing to investigate the Monday attack at Ohio State University and there are hints that law enforcement is zeroing in on the car-and-knife mayhem as an act of terror.
According to a report in the Seattle Times, California Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the OSU attack “bears all of the hallmarks of a terror attack carried out by someone who may have been self-radicalized.”
“Here in the United States, our most immediate threat still comes from lone attackers that are not only capable of unleashing great harm but are also extremely difficult, and in some cases, virtually impossible to identify or interdict,” Schiff reportedly stated.
As noted by USA Today, “The attack comes as the terror group the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS, through its online recruiters has called on U.S.-based sympathizers to carry out attacks on American soil if they cannot find a way to join the fight in Syria and Iraq.”
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Killed almost immediately by a university police officer was Abdul Razak Ali Artan. He drove a car into a crowd of students, injuring several, and then exited the car with a butcher knife. He proceeded to slash students until he was fatally shot.
Artan was a legal resident alien and a Somali refugee, according to various published reports.
The OSU attack came just over two months after another knife attack in St. Cloud, Minnesota at a shopping mall. That attacker was a Somali-American who was also fatally shot by a firearms instructor and part-time police officer who was off duty at the time.
USA Today quoted Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone, who stated, “We can prove to you that the suspect was by himself in the vehicle and committed this act by himself today. It’s an ongoing investigation to determine motive and if anybody else was involved in this act.”
It took no time for anti-gunners to exploit the attack, which was initially reported by network and cable news agencies as an “active shooter” incident.
Democrats including Tim Kaine and Sheila Jackson Lee sent Twitter messages about the attack being “gun violence” and the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility released an e-mail message declaring, “We still don’t know all the details of what happened. But we do know this:
The threat of gun violence constantly grips our nation. It has become the norm. And it will only continue unless clear steps are taken to keep weapons out of dangerous hands. All too often, dangerous individuals have easy access to guns — and 90 people die every day as a result.”
The Alliance knows that about two-thirds of all firearms fatalities are suicides, not the result of a criminal act.
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