COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Buckeye Nation is on the mend following Monday morning’s attack on Ohio State’s campus.
When 18-year-old Abdul Ravak Ali Artan, plowed through a crowd in a car, then got out and cut people with a knife. He was fatally shot by a campus police officer.
On Tuesday night, the campus held a “Buckeye Strong” event inside St. John Arena where students and staff came to reflect on what happened the day before.
The University’s president, Michael Drake was the first to speak at it and said, “We found that what was great is that Buckeyes really rose up to help other buckeyes who were in need during those moments.”
Drake was also the first to thank local authorities for their efforts in controlling Monday morning’s chaos.
“All the training they do, all the preparation they have and the heroism, bravery and professionalism that they brought to the task,” he said.
OSU Officer Alan Harujko is the one, who authorities say killed, Artan.
He’s since been put on leave but has been in contact with the university’s director of Public Safety, Monica Moll. She shared a message from him.
“In the aftermath of such a tragic event I’m very humbled by the amazing amount and outpouring of support from the Columbus community and beyond. Not just for me but for all of yesterday’s first responders. I know that I acted just as any of the officers I serve with would have,” Moll said on behalf of Officer Harujko.
A total of eleven people were injured and taken to local hospitals.
“It’s just amazing to me that for as severe as the situation was, no lives were lost,” said a sophomore OSU student.
Many are also thankful for the chance to reflect together, as one Buckeye Nation.
“Just by having this event after something so traumatic, I think it really helps to comfort us and make us feel more secure that we’re a community and we’re working together despite having this happen to us,” said OSU senior, Chloe Maxwell.
The director of public safety says Officer Alan Harujko remains in good spirits.
Students and staff were told to get accustomed to the “Run. Hide. Fight” protocol to defend yourself should a similar incident happen again.
Late Tuesday afternoon it was learned that of the eleven people injured yesterday, three remain in the hospital but all are expected to recover.