A student known for carrying a stuffed monkey went on a rampage with an X-acto knife today at a Texas college, indiscriminately bloodying some 14 victims before being tackled to the ground by his peers.
The carnage unfolded just after 11 a.m. local time at the Cy-Fair campus of Lone Star College, 30 miles north of Houston, where the 20-year-old student, later identified as Dylan Quick, darted wildly down the halls while slashing his victims' faces and necks.
Above is an Instagram photo of the suspect, shared by Steven Maida, one of the students who brought down Dylan to end the bloodbath. In a live-televised interview with Fox news, Maida described how most of his classmates ran for their lives while he took action.
Here's how the story unfolded ...
1. Students Tackled the Suspect; There Was a Search for a Possible Second Suspect
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 9, 2013
A male suspect has been detained, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Another suspect was reportedly at large, but police believe that was likely due to separate reports of the same suspect. A Buzzfeed tweet, citing scanner chatter, described the supposedly at-large suspect as a "White male, long hair, white t-shirt, blue jeans."
The detained suspect may be hearing impaired, reports the local ABC affiliate. According to KPRC's live TV coverage, six students tackled the suspect. But police have confirmed that at least one student tackled the suspect in the hallways of the Health Science Center.
Meanwhile, there are rumblings that the suspect was known to carry a stuffed monkey around campus:
it might be that dude that carried a puppet around??????
— Mr. fernandez (@jbyrd713rockets) April 9, 2013
UPDATE: Police, via press conference, say that video surveillance footage confirms there was one suspect who acted alone. He was a student.
2. There Are Some 14 Victims
— Maya Khalil (@mayoushkhalil) April 9, 2013
Some 14 victims were hurt during the attack, reports click2houston.com. KHOU reports 12 victims required hospitalization. The most severely injured were transported via helicopter. KTRK reports four were patients airlifted. It's unclear how many of the injuries resulted from stabbing.
An official statement from the school, posted just before 1 p.m., differs slightly from the news reports:
There are 11 confirmed victims; 4 have been transported by life-flight and others by ambulance to area hospitals.
UPDATE: According to a police press conference, there were 14 victims, two refused treatment, 12 were hospitalized at two separate hospitals, two are in critical condition, four are in fair conditio, four were airlifted, eight were transported via ground ambulances.
3. Students Were Warned to Seek Shelter
The school released this emergency statement shortly after the incident:
Two armed suspects at LSC-CyFair. One suspect is at large. Stay away from the area. Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved. Be aware of your surroundings. If you have reason to believe that the suspect is in or near your location, notify LSC Police at 281.290.5911, if it is safe to do so. Updates on the situation will follow as new and confirmed information becomes available."
The school then updated its alert just before 1 p.m. local time with this announcement:
4. The Violence Erupted at the Health Sciences Building
The bloodbath reportedly broke out at the Health Sciences Building of the Cy-Fair Campus. One student described the scene to KHOU:
“I had just left class out of the HSC building, and as we were leaving we saw the cops comings, I called to check on another classmate who was still inside the building and she said the classroom was on lockdown and she said one of the classmates had been stabbed,” said Margo Shimfarr-Evans. “It happened in the hallway, we have a lab and lecture, and down the hallway it’s all lab classes and a classmate in the lab class got stabbed.”
A student named James described the scene to ABC 13:
He says the suspect, who appeared to be a student, may be hearing impaired, and was armed with a knife similar to an exacto knife, that may be used in animal dissections. James says he saw the suspect, dressed in black, emerge from the building at a run, and he gave chase. When tackled, the suspect reportedly said, 'I give up, I give up.' James adds that he saw several people bleeding, including some victims with neck wounds.
5. Lone Star College Saw a Shooting Three Months Ago
In January, there was a shooting at another campus of Lone Star College: