As diners were eating at a deli owned by an Israeli-Arab Christian, their quiet meal was interrupted when a Muslim terrorist of Somali-descent entered with a machete and started slashing people.
Authorities believe that the suspect, Mohamed Barry, may have traveled to Dubai in 2012. The owner of the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus, Ohio, Hansri Barani, explained that, as an Israeli Christian, he is definitely in the minority in his area and not well liked because of his faith and the fact that he is an Israeli.
Speaking with the Columbus Dispatch, Barani said, “I am the minor, minor, minor of the minority. So nobody likes me.” He added, “Obviously we were targeted because there’s a whole bunch of businesses around here. I’m the only foreigner.”
The Somali-Muslim did not just take out his hatred of Barani on Barani himself. He targeted patrons of the deli as well. Witnesses describe a horrific and chaotic situation as Mohamed Barry entered the establishment wielding his machete.
According to employees, Mohamed Barry walked into the deli and asked for Barani, who had gone home with a migraine. Barry returned 30 minutes later with his machete and began going booth by booth attacking people. Witnesses told the Dispatch, “He came in and immediately attacked a man on the right. My kids were in there. We dragged kids and we left.”
One patron at the restaurant, Bill Foley, was slashed across the stomach and had to have surgery. Four more people were taken to the hospital though details of their injuries have not been reported.
Customers at the restaurant fought back during the mayhem throwing chairs and other objects. One customer said, “He [Mohamed Barry] came to each table and just started hitting them. There were tables and chairs overturned, there was a man on the floor bleeding, there was blood on the floor.”
In describing her escape and emotions, she said, “I fell like five times. My legs felt like jelly. I just thought he was going to come behind me and slash me up.”
Mohamed Barry was ultimately shot dead by police.
Of course, just like with the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the FBI is encouraging people to not jump to conclusions. FBI special agent Rick Smith said, “People can’t jump to conclusions just based on the information that’s out there now. It’s really too early in the investigation. There’s so much information that hasn’t been vetted.”
However, CBS homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reported that local law enforcement are concerned about ties to terrorism indicating that this has all the markings of a lone wolf terrorist attack, the very thing that ISIS, the terrorist group that Obama referred to as a JV team during their rise, has called for Muslims to do in the Western world.