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Ohio police kill man who attacked wiith a machete

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Just caught his story, not much information, except the restaurant where he attacked patrons was "middle eastern" - the "Nazareth Restaurant"


Columbus, Ohio police on Thursday shot and killed a man after they say he went into a Mediterranean restaurant and attacked five patrons with a machete, according to local media reports.

Police were called to the Nazareth Restaurant on the state capitol's northeast side at about 6 p.m. EST, according to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper. The suspect fled and police caught up with him about five miles away, the newspaper said.

The five injured people were taken to the hospital - one is in critical condition, according to WCMH, a local NBC television station.

Hmmm. Attack with machete, targeted a restaurant called "Nazareth"? Wondering if there's a possible connection to, well, Jesus of Nazareth, perhaps a confused jihadi?

Will hunt more info, might be interesting!


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A man wielding a machete stormed a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and attacked several people before he was killed by police, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect was the only one killed. Nobody inside the Nazareth restaurant and deli said they knew him, according to police.

"(He) immediately began swinging a machete at customers and employees inside," Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. "There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after as soon as he walked in, according to some of the witnesses."

Police have tentatively identified the suspect but would not reveal his name or age.

"Right now there's nothing that leads us to believe that this is anything but just a random attack," Weiner said.

Karen Bass was inside the restaurant when it all happened.

"He came through the front door and then started just systematically hitting people," she told CNN affiliate WSYX. "I thought it was a personal thing, and then he just started down the row hitting everybody."

Four people were injured and transported to the hospital.

One victim who was in critical condition underwent surgery and is now "stable," Weiner said.


The chase

The suspect was seen 30 to 45 minutes earlier entering the restaurant and speaking with an employee. Police would not discuss details of that conversation.

He left, came back at around 6 p.m. and then attacked a man and woman at a booth just inside the door, Weiner said.

Two men immediately ran out and called 911 while another engaged in a "physical altercation" with the suspect. Some patrons started throwing chairs.

An employee then "grabbed something from behind the register" and stopped the attack, according to Weiner.

"There's blood all over inside the restaurant," Steven Bass, Karen's husband, told WSYX.

Witnesses were able to give authorities enough information about the suspect's vehicle that another officer spotted it soon after, and a chase began.

Once authorities were able to get the suspect off the road, he tried to exit from the passenger side of the vehicle and an officer unsuccessfully tried to use a stun gun on him, Weiner said.

The suspect eventually made it out of the vehicle with a machete and another knife in hand.

Then, "he lunged across the hood at the officers," Weiner said. "Another officer in a cruiser fired a couple shots at him and put him down."

The FBI is helping local police with the investigation, which includes trying to determine the attacker's motive, a U.S. law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

CNN's Evan Perez contributed to this report.


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 Lucy Barnable    5,365

Man Who Allegedly Attacked Ohio Restaurant With Machete Was Known to FBI, Sources Say

The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism, sources said. Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.

The FBI is investigating the suspect's motive, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference this afternoon, adding that the motive is not yet clear.

Barry had a Columbus address, but police do not yet know where he is from, Jacobs said.


I think you're right BlueHawK,
I'll bet he's a Somali Muslim immigrant and his motivation is Islam.

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