(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — ABC News has learned the FBI knew the alleged suspect who attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.
Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.
Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Barry, the man who Columbus Police shot and killed after a machete attack Thursday, was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation. Barry’s name was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism. Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.
All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.
The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were “red flags” surrounding the attack.
“Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away,” he said.
“Fortunately, no one’s life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.
But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”
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