The Ohio State attacker has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Muslim Somali refugee who apparently told the student newspaper months ago in an interview that he wasn’t how the media portrayed him.
Artan is believed to have left moved to Pakistan from Somalia with his family in 2007, NBC reported. He came to the US in 2014 as a refugee, and was granted legal permanent residency.
He transferred from Columbus State at the beginning of this school year, he told the Ohio State Lantern in August.
“I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray,” he said. “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. 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’s the media that puts that picture in their heads so they’re 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.”
His motive remains unknown, but OSU officials said that the attack was clearly planned in advance.
“This was done on purpose,” OSU Police Chief Craig Stone told reporters.
How many more incidents like this do we have to have before we stop accepting Muslims from the Middle East and resettling them here without any idea who they are or where they come from?!