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At least 14 hurt in Lone Star College stabbings

2:55 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
Life Flight personnel rush a victim wounded in a stabbing attack on the Lone Star community college system's Cypress, Texas campus into Memorial Hermann Hospital Tuesday, in Houston.(Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle AP)
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(USA TODAY) -- At least 14 students were injured -- two critically -- in a bizarre stabbing incident Tuesday at a Houston-area community college as a student ran from building to building cutting people with a sharp knife or box cutter, authorities said.

The suspect, described as a student at Lone Star College CyFair, was apprehended after another student tackled him running across the campus, Harris County deputy Thomas Gilliland tells reporters.

"The attack was at random," Gilliland said. "It was the same suspect going from building to building."

Although initial reports suggested there were more than on attacker, Adrian Garcia, also of the sheriff's office, said a review of surveillance tapes showed "one and only one suspect."

The attacks occurred mainly in the the Health and Science Center and the technology building.

The exact number of victims remained unclear. Garcia said 14 people were injured, two in critical condition and two in fair condition. He said two of the injured refused treatment.

Robert Rasa, of the CyFair Volunter Fire Department, however, put the number at 15, saying there were three people with minor injuries.

The most severely injured were taken by helicopter to area hospitals, while the rest were transported by ambulance, he said. Rasa described the injuries as "consistent with lacerations."

A student identified only as James tells KTRK-TV in Houston that he helped authorities take one person into custody. He says the suspect, who appeared to be a student, may be hearing impaired, and was armed with a knife similar to an exacto knife, that may be used in animal dissections.

James says he saw the suspect, dressed in black, emerge from the building at a run, and he gave chase. When tackled, the suspect reportedly said, 'I give up, I give up.' James adds that he saw several people bleeding, including some victims with neck wounds. They were tended to by medical crews.

Students were held inside classrooms as the campus went into lockdown. One student told Eyewitness News he held a prayer circle with students in his classroom. Other people who appear to be students could be seen walking calmly to their vehicles in the parking lot. Deputies are searching each vehicle before they are allowed to leave campus.

KTRH radio quotes one witness as saying the suspect was someone known on campus and described him as a white male with curly hair wearing shorts.

Alan Bernstein, Director of Public Affairs for the college, says the campus remains 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 says.

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

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

KHOU-TV quotes a student, Margo Shimfarr-Evans, as saying the incident took place in a lab at the Health Science Center.

Two people were shot at another Lone Star College campus in January.

The community college is located in Cypress, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston.


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