Abdul Razak Ali Artan reportedly attacked students at Ohio State University with a knife and vehicle, leading to 11 people being hospitalised for injuries on Monday. If people look at me, at a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen.
Engineering professor William Clark said he is thankful to be alive following Monday's attack on Ohio State's campus.
Artan was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent US resident, according to a USA official who wasn't authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the act was indicative of someone who may have been self-radicalised.
Ali Artan drove his vehicle into a crowd of people and then continued the attack with a butcher knife on Monday morning, according the school's president. Eleven people were injured before police shot and killed the suspect.
Officials said he was inspired by ISIS in the Ohio State attack.
Officer Horujko is a Cincinnati native who joined the OSU Police Department in January of 2015.
Records also show that he graduated with honors, with an associate degree, from Columbus State Community College in May before transferring this semester to Ohio State.
Videos recorded by Al-Awlaki before he died have been cited by numerous radicalized Muslims who went on to plan or carry out terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the massacre at the satirical French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, reported the New York Times.
University police say they are confident he came to campus alone Monday and carried out the attack by himself.
In a Facebook post, he reportedly wrote that he was "sick and tired" of seeing fellow Muslims "killed and tortured", according to federal law enforcement officials, CNN reports. Eight of the 11 victims have been discharged from Columbus-area hospitals.
With almost 60,000 students, the Columbus campus is the state's flagship public university.
In September, a 20-year-old Somali-American stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota shopping mall before being shot to death by an off-duty officer.
Student Martin Schneider said he heard the car's engine revving.
On Monday, the Ohio State paper, The Lantern, republished Artan's quotes from the article.
Clark said he and his students were outside of Watts Hall after a fire alarm sounded.
Farah, who is a Somali refugee and a Muslim, says attacks blamed on terrorism have a familiar aftermath on campus: snide comments, peering eyes and a feeling of uneasiness. The Somali refugee was a legal permanent resident of the United States, they added.
Ohio State University warned students in a series of tweets Monday morning that there was an active shooter on campus and that they should run, hide or fight.