Army vet fought Ohio State attacker as he tried to help others after car crash
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A day after the horrific car-and-knife attack at the Ohio State University, Anderson Payne says he is just focused on spending time with his family and getting back to class Wednesday morning.
"I'm feeling fine. I'm getting ready to try and get back into my normal routine as fast as I can," said Payne, who was attacked on campus.
Monday morning inside Watts Hall was just like any other day at OSU. Even when Payne heard the fire alarm go off, the Army veteran didn't think anything of it. Once he got outside, a car drove into the group of students he was with.
Payne says while he rushed to help people who had gotten hurt, he saw a knife in the driver's hand.
"Nothing was said. He just got out and I saw the knife and he started swinging at people. I just saw him swing at the person to my right and then take a swing at me," said Payne.
Payne says it happened so fast he didn't have time to think about what was actually going on. He says all he could think of was getting away.
"I grabbed the knife and I immediately ducked under his arm. I ran back to the building to get away from him," said Payne.
Although Payne grabbed the knife, he wasn't able to get it out of the attacker's hand. It did give him enough time to run away. When Payne got back inside Watts Hall, he realized he was hurt. He says the knife dug into his hand when he tried to grab it out of the attacker's hand.
Payne says he then ran back outside for help, only realizing that the attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was dead. Payne says he got help from firefighters and saw three other victims who were visibly distraught.
Payne says when he got to the hospital he saw another victim, whom he tried to console.
During the attack, Payne says the assailant never said a word and looked angry.
As terrifying as the ordeal was, Payne credits God for giving him peace to move forward. Payne also says he doesn't want to know why Artan chose to attack people on campus.
Payne says he's thankful to the officer who quickly got to the scene and saved so many lives.
Although his injuries weren't significant, he says it will be weeks before he can use his hand again.