Army veteran injured in Ohio State attack says he grabbed attacker's knife

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Authorities say Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove a vehicle over a curb and struck pedestrians before exiting the vehicle and attacking people with a knife on Ohio State’s campus Monday morning.

Eleven people were injured in the incident. One student said he was in Artan’s path as he pulled the knife out and started slashing.

“There wasn’t time to think or react or do anything besides get away from the individual,” Andy Payne said.

The third year engineering student is also an Army veteran who's done two tours of duty in Iraq.

“It was all just instincts. I don’t know if training or anything else had anything to do with it, it was just me protecting myself,” Payne said.

His first instinct was to help when Artan drove his car into the crowd of people.

“I went to take a step forward after the car had stopped to go help people who had just gotten hit because I thought it was just an accident,” he said.

But Payne quickly realized it wasn't.

“That’s when the individual got out with the knife and started swinging it at people,” Payne said. “He attacked someone to my right first then he went to attack me and I grabbed the knife with my hand.”

“Everything happened really fast,” Payne’s friend Jeff Studley said.

Studley watched from the other side of the car.

“He was just swinging his arms around with it,” Studley said. “I feel like I should’ve done something, at the same time, I don’t know what I could have done.”

Both Payne and Studley ran back through Watts Hall and out the other side.

“That’s when I heard the gunshots,” Studley said.

As quickly as it all started, the terror was over. Payne had immediate surgery to repair damaged nerves and tendons in his hand. He's focused now on recovering.

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