Selasa, 09 April 2013

Texas student stabs at least 14 at Lone Star College

Authorities say a student armed with sharp object ran from building to building on campus near Houston.

Life Flight personnel push a victim wounded in a stabbing attack on the Lone Star College CyFair campus into Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston on April 9.(Photo Johnny Hanson Houston Chronicle via AP)

A 20 year old student who investigators said reported having fantasies of killing people went on a stabbing rampage at a Texas community college campus Tuesday wounding 14 people two of them critically authorities said.

The suspect Dylan Quick was arrested after a student tackled him on Lone Star College's CyFair campus in Cypress Texas about 25 miles northwest of Houston said Harris County sheriff's deputy Thomas Gilliland.

Quick was charged with three counts of aggravated assault the sheriff's office said in a statement Tuesday night. It said that he used a razor type knife to stab and cut victims and that 14 people were injured.

There were pieces of blade in at least one victim broken blade pieces in the area where the cutting occurred and the handle to a razor type knife was found in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested the sheriff's department statement said.

Quick told investigators he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school. He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for some time the statement said.

At least 12 people were taken to hospitals including four by helicopter said Robert Rasa of the CyFair Volunteer Fire Department.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia said surveillance tapes showed one and only one suspect despite initial reports of more than one attacker. It was the same suspect going from building to building Gilliland said.

Michelle Alvarez told the Houston Chronicle that she saw the attacker running toward other students and she tried to back out of his path. She said she didn't feel it as he swiped at her neck. He came running and swinging at my neck as I tried to get out of the way she said.

Diante Cotton 20 said he was in a cafeteria with friends when a girl clutching her neck came in yelling He's stabbing people He's stabbing people

Four of the most severely injured were taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute and two others arrived there by ambulance. Others went to hospitals in private vehicles. Of those six two patients remained in critical condition three patients were upgraded to good condition and one was discharged hospital spokeswoman Alex Rodriguez said.

People attend to a stabbing victim at Lone Star College CyFair on April 9 in Cypress Texas.(Photo Maya Khalil mayoushkhalil)

A student identified only as James told KTRK that he and other students tackled the suspect and held him until police arrested him. He said the suspect was armed with a knife similar to an X Acto blade.

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.

Student Michael Chalfan who provided the arrest video to KTRK told KHOU that Quick was well known on campus and was teased because he often carried a monkey sock puppet which he would ask questions and then answer. He also was compared to the comedian Carrot Top.

Chalfan told the Associated Press that he was walking to class when he saw police officers chasing the suspect. One officer used a stun gun to help subdue the man whom Chalfan recognized from a drama class last year.

He described Quick as eccentric but always friendly despite the teasing.

I'm surprised because he didn't look like he was hateful to the world Chalfan said.

KHOU reported that Quick was born deaf received a cochlear implant as a child and was featured recently in a blog post that described how he had overcome adversity.

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.

Lone Star College Cy Fair issued alert on its website following an apparent stabbing incident on campus.(Photo lonestar.edu)

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.

Cassie Foe hugs classmate Christian Wilson after leaving from the Cy Fair campus of Lone Star Community College in Cypress Texas where she witnessed a male getting stabbed on Tuesday April 9 2013. More than a dozen people were wounded when a suspect went building to building in an apparent stabbing attack at the college campus authorities said. The attack on the Lone Star Community College System's campus in Cypress sent at least 12 people to area hospitals including four people taken by helicopter according to Cy Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Robert Rasa. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle Melissa Phillip) MANDATORY CREDIT ORG XMIT TXHOU101(Photo Melissa Phillip AP)

The school said classes would resume Wednesday.

In January two people were shot at Lone Star College's North Harris 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.

Contributing John Bacon Michael Winter Associated Press

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