A machete-wielding man who slashed four people in an Ohio restaurant and was later killed by police apparently acted on his own but a motive is still unknown, police said Friday.
Columbus police called in the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to look into Thursday’s bloody attack, which ended with police fatally shooting 30-year-old Mohamed Barry after a five-mile car chase.
“Based on the nature of the assault, we believed it prudent to bring in federal partners,” Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said. “We believed he acted alone … I’m not aware that we have any known history with the suspect.”
Investigators are looking into whether Barry attacked the restaurant in the mistaken belief that owner Hany Baransi was Jewish, sources told NBC News. He is actually an Arab Christian from Haifa, Israel.