One person is dead and several have been left injured following a stabbing at the University of Texas. Police have arrested one person after the attack on Monday (1 May).
University of Texas police called Austin police for backup just before 1.50pm CDT (7.50pm GMT) at the scene near Gregory Gym.
Authorities said the person detained had stabbed two people and assaulted one other. Posts on social media show the suspect sporting a large knee holder on his waist,KXAN reported.
Witnesses told reporters they saw a man grab a "Bowie knife" and stab a victim in the neck and stomach. Nidia Cavazos, a UT student and KXAN intern, said she was sitting at a food truck outside the Gregory Gym when the attack occurred.
"He kicked a sorority girl to the point where she almost fell," Cavazos said. "A little bit later, that same guy ended up pulling out the knife. Everybody started yelling and running in our direction."
UT freshman Rachel Prichett told Fox 7 that the suspect grabbed a man by the shoulder and stabbed him in the back with a small, curved knife. "He got slashed open," she said. Prichett added that as students ran away, she witnessed a second man slumped over a table and bleeding.
Three people with potentially serious injuries were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge. A text message sent from university officials to students claimed there was "no additional immediate threat" to the campus after the suspect was detained.
"Our prayers go out to all those affected," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott in response to the incident. Abbott added that he had "offered all available state resources" to assist in any way.
You may be interested in:
- Partner of US journalist Alison Parker shot dead live on air runs for political office
- Conservative parish councillor suspended as allegations of racist tweeting investigated
- Suspected murder-suicide leaves four people dead at Kansas special needs home
- One dead and three injured after stabbing at University of Texas