4 Stabbed, Attacker Killed at California College

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4 stabbed, attacker killed at California university.

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A male college student burst into a morning class at a California university with a hunting knife Tuesday and may have killed his intended victim if not for the heroic intervention of a construction worker who ran into the room to break up the attack. Police at the University of California, Merced shot and killed a knife-wielding student Wednesday morning after a bloody stabbing spree wounded four people at the pastoral Central Valley campus. The male student, whose name hasn’t been released, apparently set upon other students with a knife during an altercation in a classroom at about 8 a.m. and then stabbed the worker as he opened a classroom door to view the disturbance, authorities said.

A report in the Merced Sun-Star said the attacker, who has still not been named, then left the classroom, went down the stairs and stabbed a female university employee who was sitting on a bench. Keith Dick, a father from Gilroy, rushed to campus to meet his son, Justin, 20, a computer science major who witnessed the eruption of violence in his social studies class in the university’s Classroom and Office Building, a structure known by students at the COB. “He said there was some scuffle and everybody started getting stabbed,” said Keith Dick, who afterward followed his shaken son’s car on the drive home. “He said he saw everything, including the police officer kill the guy. After first speaking of five injuries, the school later had a downward revision of the toll, on Twitter: “Correction 4 stabbed: 2 students, 1 staff member, 1 vendor.

The incident began when the assailant used a knife to stab two people in a second-floor room around the start of an 8 a.m. class, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said. University spokeswoman Lorena Anderson said two victims, including Price, were airlifted to hospitals in Modesto while others were treated on the scene. Warnke credited the worker with saving the life of one of the victims. “I think he prevented this first student from dying,” Warnke said during an afternoon news conference. “He didn’t go in knowing that there was a stabbing taking place. Officers also went in search of potential additional victims and even sent in a bomb squad as a precaution to ensure that neither the stabbing suspect nor anyone else might have left an explosive devices. The university initially reported that there were five students who were injured, but later clarified that were four victims who were not all students.

No such device or other victims were found. “My parents just want me to go home,” said Candelaria Amezcuita, 18, of Sacramento, who was leaving campus Wednesday afternoon with friend and fellow Sacramento resident, Nohely Alcala, also 18. “We just heard sirens –and then we got an email that someone got stabbed,” said Amezcuita, describing a campus warning that advised students to stay in place. “I didn’t think it was true. Amezcuita, a political science major, described the university response to the incident as “very professional.” But the two girls were still anxious as they were leaving campus. “It happened in our writing classroom where we were supposed to be later today,” said Alcala, a history major. She clutched her pillow as she carried her laptop and personal belongings in a backpack and tote. “That freaks us out.” Alex Raj, a sophomore from Sacramento who is studying applied mathematics, said he chose the Merced Campus because he thought its rural, tranquil location would allow him to concentrate on his studies. Maravilla said the student “was crying hysterically and came in and said that she had seen somebody get stabbed, or slashed, in the throat and she ran.” Student Itzel Franco, 18, said half of her dorm remains evacuated because it is close to the site of where the assailant was shot. Police and first responders flooded the scene, he said. “You see this stuff all over the news and stuff, and you see it happen to all these other schools,” but you don’t expect it to happen at your school, said Lopez, 21.

The university about 120 miles south of Sacramento in the farm-rich San Joaquin Valley was locked down for about an hour and a half after the stabbings. Others have been seemingly random acts, such as the 2014 shooting and stabbing spree by Elliot Rodger near the UC Santa Barbara campus that left six students dead. Campus officials said the university, which has about 6,000 students, also would be closed Thursday and urged the community to seek counseling services that were available.

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