The Ohio State University Attack

Ohio State University AttackAn OSU student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove a car into a group of people and then proceeded to get out and stab them. Our prayers and condolences go out to the individuals effected by this Ohio State University attack.

SO, a recap:

  1. Subject drives vehicle into a crowd
  2. Gets out of vehicle, proceeds to stab as many as he can
  3. Cop shows up, shoots dirt bag

While (thankfully) our nations warning of a possible Macy’s Parade terrorist attack didn’t prove true, this took place shortly after.

The man who plowed car into a crowd at Ohio State University before stabbing several pedestrians with a butcher knife on Monday is said to have referred to American-born Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a “hero” on his social media accounts.

Source: ‘Stop interfering with other countries’: OSU attacker slammed US over treatment of Muslims on Facebook

A Look at the Event

As this is an after action report, we’ll direct you to your favorite news feed for the specifics. What we currently know is this:

  • Abdul Razak Ali Artan had made previous social media statements and threats against the United States
  • The subject used time tested and recently encouraged terrorism tactics in his attack
  • The standard “run, hide, fight” warning was issued and a shelter in place order was given
  • Ohio State University Police Officer Alan Horujko was in the immediate area and was able to respond in under a minute

How do we respond from here

Although solid standard procedures were set in place, there are a few things we need to look at. We never want anyone to become a victem of an event like this. Run, hide, fight needs an awareness message and adaptive focus added to it. There is no one size fits all situation or scenario.

It is especially relevant that some people had a plan. CNN reported tweets of classrooms where either current or former military members took charge during the shelter in place. They reportedly moved their fellow students to the center of the rooms and guarded the door to deal with whatever assailent or attecker appeared. This is a great example of an adaptive plan.

Furthermore, Officer Horujko was in the right place at the right time. Without this absolute windfall, this attack could have been much worse for all involved. Good job sir.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Or a car and a knife.. -Adapted quote

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