A student at the University of Texas Austin attacked his fellow undergraduates Monday with what authorities described as a “Bowie-style hunting knife,” killing one man and injuring three others.
UT Austin Police Chief David Carter identified the suspect as 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, who was taken into custody without incident near a gymnasium. Fox 7 reported that White was a biology major and was expected to graduate in 2018.
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University President Greg Fenves decried what he called an “unconscionable violent attack” and announced that all classes and activities had been canceled for the day.
“This breaks my heart … that any of our students were touched by tragedy,” Fenves said.
The stabbings unfolded at around 1:45 p.m. Central Time near Gregory Gym, home to the school’s women’s volleyball team. Carter said an officer responded to an initial report of a stabbing and arrested the suspect. The chief added that three other victims were found approximately a block away.
There was no immediate word on the conditions of the injured and authorities did not provide a possible motive for the attack. Three of the student victims were white and the fourth was Asian, Carter said, without noting which victim was deceased. The suspect is black.
Student Rachel Prichett told the Associated Press she was standing in line at a food truck outside the gym when she saw a man with a large knife approach the person standing behind her.
“The guy was standing next to me,” Prichett said. “He grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved the knife in it. I just started running as fast as I could.”
Another student, Ray Arredondo, said he was walking to his car when a mass of students near the gym started running.
“They were just screaming, `Run! Get out of here!”‘ Arredondo said.
Lindsey Clark said she saw the suspect get tackled by police as he was running toward the entrance of Jester Hall, a complex of dormitories and classrooms. She described him as wearing a bandanna and gray sweatshirt and said he appeared quiet and subdued as police held him on the ground.
“You could see and hear people running and screaming: `There he is!”‘ before he was tackled by officers.
University Police Chief David Carter said it would be “premature” to discuss the suspect’s motive and “what was going through his mind.”
Arredondo later saw what looked like CPR being performed on someone outside the front door of the gym. Another student was sitting on a bench being treated for cuts to the head or neck, he said.
Authorities cordoned off the scene as a large contingent of state and local police, including officers in helicopters, swarmed the area.
The University of Texas is blocks from downtown Austin and the Texas Capitol and is one of the nation’s largest universities.
The attack occurred in the central campus, just a short walk from the administration building and the landmark clock tower that was the scene of a mass shooting in 1966.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Source: Fox News