Well folks, here we go with the politically-correct reporting.
Last night, a man armed with a machete and a knife “randomly” ran into a Middle Eastern restaurant in Columbus, Ohio called Nazareth — owned by a Christian — and began lunging and attacking customers.
Fox 8 in Cleveland reports, 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 Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner.
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.”
Four people were injured in the attack – none fatally, thank goodness.
Weiner said “There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after. Right now there’s nothing that leads us to believe that this is anything but just a random attack,” Weiner said.
But of course, that’s not exactly the full story.
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.
That’s because he was asking where the owner was from (a Christian from Israel)
The terrorist left, came back at around 6 p.m. ET and then attacked a man and woman at a booth just inside the door, Weiner said.
And now the story comes out…
CBS News has learned that investigators have identified the suspected attacker as Mohammad Barry. CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports that investigators were running down leads to try to determine if the attack was somehow tied to terrorist organizations.
Pegues reports the suspected attacker has a Somali background, and officials believe he may have traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2012. Pegues reports that law enforcement is concerned that this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called “lone wolf” terrorist attack that they have been working to stop.
But remember, there’s “no rhyme or reason” for the attack. Nothing to see here. Move on, and stop being so darn Islamophobic for goodness sake.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]