University of Texas stabbing leaves one dead three injured

University of Texas stabbing leaves one dead three injured

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.

University of Texas stabbing
University of Texas stabbing

“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.

A man is arrested after a fatal stabbing on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, on May 1, 2017. RAY ARREDONDO/AP
A man is arrested after a fatal stabbing on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, on May 1, 2017.
RAY ARREDONDO/AP

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5 thoughts on “University of Texas stabbing leaves one dead three injured

  1. Chief David Carter with The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) says parents can call 1-866-657-9400 for info on UT stabbings. President Fenves urged students to call parents.

  2. Hi, I was in the gym on lock down when this happened at 1:45. My question is why you didn’t send out an alert while there was ACTUAL DANGER STILL HAPPENING.

  3. How is UT going to take 24 minutes to send out a emergency alert to the student body. By then 1 had died and 3 were injured. we received no official information from the university and had to piece together the information to see if we were in immediate danger. This is simply unacceptable.

  4. If UT would truly advocate for it’s beloved students to conceal carry, this senseless tragedy might have been avoided. I guess we will never know.

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