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Texas College Stabbing

A typical morning at a Texas college campus turned into a nightmare for more than a dozen students who were injured when a fellow student went on a stabbing spree.

At least 14 people were stabbed, mostly in the face and neck, at the Lone Star College Campus. Two of the victims are reported in critical condition. Four are hospitalized in fair condition.

Police have a suspect in custody: a 21-year-old student, currently enrolled at the college.

Police have not yet released his name.

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The 20-year-old student who authorities said went on a stabbing spree Tuesday at Lone Star College near Houston is undergoing psychological evaluation Wednesday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says.

Officials have said Dylan Quick was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — charges filed for the three most severely wounded of 14 victims.

The campus shut down Tuesday, but reopened Wednesday.

Quick told investigators he had fantasies of killing people and had been planning the attack for some time, sheriff’s officials said late Tuesday. He used “a razor-type knife” to stab his victims, they added.

Quick overcame a childhood disability and had big plans for the future, media reports say.

Born deaf, he received a cochlear implant at age 7, CNN affiliate KPRC reported. An article on how he overcame challenges early in life appeared on a Lone Star student blog the first week of April.

The implant gave him the ability to hear, but he had to play catch up to learn how to speak English. His mother homeschooled him and got him involved in Lone Star’s library programs when he was a teen, according to KPRC.

Quick became a voracious reader and developed a close connection with the school, according to KPRC. He was planning to finish his associate’s degree there and transfer to the University of Houston to study accounting, it said.

The young man dreamed of starting a book club. But Quick had also been harboring a darker dream, police said.

“According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school,” a statement from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

A chaotic scene

Fourteen people were injured during Tuesday’s attack, authorities said. On Wednesday, two victims who had been in critical condition were upgraded to good condition, said Kathryn Klein, spokeswoman for Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute. Five victims remain at the hospital and are doing well, Klein told CNN.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene at a building on campus. Bleeding victims collapsed to the ground. Students and teachers ran for cover. Some sprang into action, chasing after the assailant and helping the wounded.

Cassie Foe was in the school’s nursing lab when she heard a scream coming from the hallway.

Moments later, the nursing student put her training into action, placing pressure on a wound in a stabbing victim’s neck.

“It just seemed like he was just going around, basically getting whoever was more open and easiest for him to reach,” Foe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.

Steven Maida said he saw so many people swarming that he thought it was a campus tour. Then, he saw them running and heard someone say, “My friend’s been stabbed.”

Maida said he saw blood on a stairway and several injured victims.

“I just took off downstairs running,” he said. He was looking for the attacker.

Maida described joining a group of students who chased the suspect, tackled him and pinned him down until authorities arrived.

“I couldn’t run the other way like everyone else was,” he said.

A bloody spree

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Gilliland said authorities received an initial report that the suspect had been wrestled to the ground by a student before campus police arrested him.

At least one injured victim had what appeared to be the blade of a box cutter or an X-Acto knife sticking out of her cheek, student Melody Vinton told CNN affiliate KHOU.

Vinton said she had just left her chemistry class when she saw the attacker stabbing people, aiming at their necks and faces.

Soon, she was trying to help victims, ripping a paper towel dispenser off a bathroom wall to get enough paper to help stem the bleeding.

“I turned around, and there was just blood. Just blood dripping down the stairs, all over the floor, all over everyone’s towels on their necks. Just a lot of blood,” she told KHOU.

Lockdown

The school was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while authorities combed the campus to ensure no other injured people or attackers were there, Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Alan Bernstein said.

While authorities investigated, teachers and students remained in locked rooms, said Marianna Sviland, a teacher who was in a faculty workroom at the time of the stabbings.

“Outside the window, I saw cops running around. I saw students running, and I realized something was going on,” she said. “It was scary.”

Four injured victims “were taken out on helicopters,” Bernstein said.

Tuesday’s incident came more than two months after three people were wounded in a shooting at a different Lone Star College campus, the North Harris campus in Houston.
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Steven Maida was leaving the cafe on his college campus Tuesday when he saw people running. Then, he heard a girl scream: “My friend’s been stabbed.”

Maida said he saw blood on a stairway and several injured victims at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus northwest of Houston, Texas. One wounded woman had a hole her throat, one had a hole in her cheek and another victim had a stab wound in the back of his head, Maida said.

“I just took off downstairs running” and searching for the attacker, he said.

Maida told CNN he was among a group of students that chased the suspect, tackled him and pinned him down until authorities arrived. Investigators could not be immediately reached to confirm his account.

“I couldn’t run the other way like everyone else was,” he said.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told reporters that 14 people were injured in the attack and two of them were in critical condition.

The suspect, an approximately 21-year-old male enrolled at the school, is in custody while authorities continue their investigation, Garcia said.

It was unclear what his motive was, or what weapon he used, Garcia said.

“We do not know exactly what type of weapon was used other than to say that it is at this point an unknown instrument,” he said. “We don’t know whether a knife or some other type of instrument.”

Another student, Maya Khalil, was shocked when she saw victims bleeding on the ground.

Moments before, the 19-year-old had been in class in the health sciences building.

“It was really scary,” she told CNN.

Khalil snapped photos of the chaos as it unfolded, posting pictures on Twitter that showed a bandaged student on a stretcher and police and paramedics swarming the scene.

Garcia said a call came in to 911 Tuesday morning describing a “male on the loose stabbing people” at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus.

Most of the victims had lacerations in their head and neck areas, said Robert Rasa, a spokesman for the CyFair Volunteer Fire Department.

“We were literally going from building to building, room to room, looking for patients, setting up triage,” he said.

The school was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while authorities combed the campus to ensure no other injured people or attackers were there, Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Alan Bernstein said.

While authorities investigated, teachers and students huddled together in locked rooms, said Marianna Sviland, a teacher at the college who was in a faculty workroom at the time of the stabbing.

“Outside the window, I saw cops running around, I saw students running and I realized something was going on,” she said. “It was scary.”

By 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET), students and staff were allowed to leave campus, Sviland said.

Details about the victim’s injuries were unclear Tuesday afternoon.

Bernstein said it wasn’t clear whether all of the injured people were stabbed.

“It’s possible other people were running away” and became injured that way, he said.

Four injured victims “were in a dire enough situation that they were taken out on helicopters,” Bernstein said.

“I do believe the confrontation was limited to a few (classrooms) or just one classroom — not anybody roaming around and getting into a large number of areas,” Bernstein said.

The school posted a warning on its website: “Stay away from the area. Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved.”

Tuesday’s incident comes more than two months after three people were wounded in a shooting at a different Lone Star College campus — the North Harris campus in Houston.
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Raw footage from a press conference Tuesday following a stabbing at a community college near Houston, Texas that explained that classes were canceled Tuesday, but will resume Wednesday. (CNN)

Authorities have detained a suspect in a stabbing at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus outside Houston, Texas that injured 14 people Tuesday. He is an approximately 21-year-old male enrolled at the school, officials said. (CNN)

Two people were in critical condition Tuesday after a stabbing incident at a Texas college, a sheriff said.

Authorities have detained the suspect, an approximately 21-year-old male enrolled at the school, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told reporters.

Garcia said a call came in to 911 Tuesday morning describing a “male on the loose stabbing people” at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus.

Fourteen people were injured in the incident, Garcia said.

It was unclear what the suspect’s motive was, or what weapon he used, Garcia said. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

“We do not know exactly what type of weapon was used other than to say that it is at this point an unknown instrument,” he said. “We don’t know whether a knife or some other type of instrument.”

Student Maya Khalil, 19, was in class in the campus’ health sciences building when the incident happened, she said. She managed to take photos of the chaotic scene as it unfolded.

“It was really scary,” Khalil said.

The school was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while authorities combed the campus to ensure no other injured people or attackers were there, Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Alan Bernstein said.

Marianna Sviland, a teacher at the college, told CNN at 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) that students and staff were being allowed to leave campus.

Bernstein said it wasn’t clear whether all of the injured people were stabbed.

“It’s possible other people were running away” and became injured that way, he said.

Four people were taken to a hospital by helicopter, authorities said. The conditions of the victims weren’t immediately available.

The four flown to a hospital “were in a dire enough situation that they were taken out on helicopters,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein said it will take time for authorities to go through the campus and “make sure there (is) not another suspect or suspects.”

“I do believe the confrontation was limited to a few (classrooms) or just one classroom — not anybody roaming around and getting into a large number of areas,” Bernstein said.

Details about what led to the incident weren’t immediately released.

“Stay away from the area. Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved,” the school posted on its website.

Tuesday’s incident comes more than two months after three people were wounded in a shooting at a different Lone Star College campus — the North Harris campus in Houston.
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