AUSTIN (EON) – A stabbing attack left at least one dead and three seriously wounded on the University of Texas campus in Austin on Monday afternoon.
According to the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service, a victim died on the spot, near a gymnasium. The others were taken to hospital to treat their potentially serious injuries. Other people were admitted for minor injuries.
On their Twitter account, Austin police said they had a suspect. According to the police chief of the University, it is still too early to discuss the motive, “what happened in the head” of the assailant.
A student, Rachel Prichett, was waiting in line in front of a restaurant truck near the gym when she saw a man approaching with a large knife and stabbing the person behind her.
He stood behind me. [The assailant] grabbed him by the shoulder where he stabbed the knife. I ran away as fast as I could.
Rachel Prichett, a student at the University of Texas
Another student, Ray Arredondo, was walking towards his car when students near the gym started running.
“I saw a guy standing there, just walking very calmly, but he was holding a machete-type knife,” Prichett said. “He grabbed this guy by the shoulder who was facing him and stabbed him in the back and so I turned around and started running away.
“As I was running, I saw another guy that was sitting at a table slumped over and there was blood on him.”
The courses were canceled for the rest of the day, until the investigation was completed.
The event in the Texas capital occurred three days after a machete attack by a former student on a Kentucky campus.
The stabbings came only a few days after a 19-year-old man armed with a machete wounded two people at a university coffee shop in Lexington, Kentucky.
In the April 28 attack, the assailant at Transylvania University asked about the political affiliations of people at the shop. He was arrested and charged with assault. The victims’ wounds were not life-threatening, authorities said.
The University of Texas has more than 51,000 students.