One student has been taken into custody after fatally stabbing one student and injuring three others at UT Austin Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The suspect was later identified by police as 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, who appears to be a 2014 graduate of Killeen High School, according to his Facebook page.
An officer responded to Gregory Gym in the 2100 block of Speedway before 2 p.m., less than two minutes after receiving a call, UT Police Chief David Carter said. White was walking around the scene with a Bowie-style hunting knife, Carter said. The officer confronted him and took him into custody.
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Within one block, White walked up to four male students and attacked them, Carter said.
They have not been identified.
The students who survived the attack sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted
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Before the chaos, as freshman Rachel Prichett stood in line at Chi’Lantro food truck to get lunch, she heard people scream.
“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.”
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“Earlier this afternoon, a tragedy struck the heart of The University of Texas campus,” UT President Gregory Fenves said. “…Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of this incredibly senseless attack.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that prayers go out to all those affected by Monday’s tragic events, including the stabbing and the shooting of a paramedic in Dallas.
“I have been briefed by the Department of Public Safety on both incidents, and have also talked to University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves,” Abbott said. “As the investigations into these heinous crimes continue, I have offered all available state resources to both Dallas and the University of Texas to assist in any effort.”
There is no immediate threat to campus, but students were told to avoid the area. The gym serves the university and is in the heart of campus. It’s next to Jester Dorm, a set of large buildings that house students and classrooms.
Stabbing here on UT campus. Please be safe yall. pic.twitter.com/zZG7hz6MIm
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Soon after the stabbing, there were rumors of another person with a knife running through West Campus, a nearby residential area, but Austin police said they were not credible and there were no ongoing threats,
Students also tweeted about an incident across campus from the crime scene where a banner was reportedly dropped from a walkway that reads “Tuition pays for bombs.” The pedestrian bridge across the bustling Dean Keeton Street connects the Belo Center for New Media with Jesse H. Jones Communication Center.
Some people said buildings had been evacuated, but the Moody College of Communication tweeted that the Belo building is not under lockdown.
Breaking: UT official text keeps saying "no on-going threat" but a banner is hung on Moody bridge that reads: "tuition pays for bombs" pic.twitter.com/sTjW7BA1Gw
— Danielle Smith (@daniellesmithUT) May 1, 2017