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Lone Star College stabbings

4:19 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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By Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

A Houston-area community college student ran from building to building and stabbed at least 14 people Tuesday, critically wounding two, authorities said.

The unidentified suspect was arrested after a student tackled him on the Lone Star College-CyFair campus, Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.

Although initial reports suggested there was more than on attacker, Sheriff Adrian Garcia said a review of surveillance tapes showed "one and only one suspect."

Garcia said the first calls to emergency responders about 11:20 a.m. CT reported a "male on the loose stabbing people." The attacks occurred in the Health and Science Center and possibly other buildings.

He did not identify the type of weapon use. One student said it was similar to an Exacto knife.

The precise number of victims remained unclear. Garcia said 14 people were injured, with two refusing treatment.

Robert Rasa, of the CyFair Volunter Fire Department, put the number at 15, saying there were three people with minor injuries. He described all injuries as "consistent with lacerations."

Four of the most severely injured were taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, and two others with moderate injuries arrived there by ambulance. Two were in critical condition and four were in fair condition Tuesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Alex Rodriguez said.

The others were transported by ambulance or personal vehicles.

A student identified only as James told KTRK-TV in Houston that he helped authorities take the suspect into custody. He said the suspect, described as a 21-year-old white male with red hair wearing shorts, a black hat and white shirt, may be hearing impaired. James said the suspect was armed with a knife similar to an Exacto knife.

James said he saw the suspect emerge from the building at a run and gave chase. James said when the suspect was tackled, he said, "I give up, I give up."

Students were held inside classrooms as the campus went into lockdown. One student told KTRK students held a prayer circle in the classroom.

Deputies searched all vehicles before drivers were allowed to leave campus.

On its website, splashed with a big red "Alert!" sign, the college told students to stay indoors.

"Stay away from the area," the college advised students. "Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved."

Alan Bernstein, director of public affairs for the college, said the campus remained a crime scene.

"It's going to take a massive number of people and a decent amount of time before the final all clear comes down," he said.

Later, the school announced that it would reopen Wednesday.

In January, two people were shot at another Lone Star College campus. The CyFair campus is located in Cypress, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston.

The Lone Star College System's six campuses serve about 90,000 students, 18,000 of them at the CyFair campus.


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