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Prof Injured in Suspected OSU Terror Attack Won't Judge Assailant 'Out of Respect'

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Ohio State Professor William Clark (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 04:22 PM

An Ohio State University professor injured in the attack by a Somali man Monday told reporters it's too early to "hold judgment" on the assailant who was shot and killed by police.

"At this stage until we really know all of the facts, I prefer to hold judgment," Professor William Clark said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. "You know, he was an OSU student. He was from — yes, he was from Somalia but he was an OSU student, and having been a faculty member for 35 years I'm only too aware of the things that drive students sometimes to do things that they wouldn't ordinarily do.

"And so before I pass judgment on this young man, I would like to see exactly what the circumstances are and exactly why he took the course of action that he chose to. I'm going home this afternoon and he's dead. So I think my sense is out of respect just for the living and the dead that we should wait until we know exactly what the truth is."

Police are looking into whether the attack, which sent 11 bystanders to the hospital after they were either hit by the assailant's car and/or stabbed by him, is related to terrorism.

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility.

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An Ohio State University professor injured in the attack by a Somali man Monday told reporters it's too early to "hold judgment" on the assailant who was shot and killed by police.
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