Ohio State University attacker: ISIS inspired

Reports of an active shooter on The Ohio State University campus prompted numerous police vehicles near Watts Hall.

Reports of an active shooter on The Ohio State University campus prompted numerous police vehicles near Watts Hall.

Authorities believe Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who attacked pedestrians Monday at the Ohio State University, was inspired by terrorist propaganda from ISIS and deceased Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, two law enforcement sources said.

The sources point to Facebook postings Artan made Monday, which referenced Awlaki, who was a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, as well as the style of the attack encouraged by ISIS in a recent online magazine. There is no indication so far the assailant communicated with any terror group and evidence points to a lone wolf attack.

Investigators are inspecting his computer and cell phone and talking to family and associates, as they try to determine what led him to act.