One person has been confirmed dead while three others have been wounded in University of Texas stabbings. The four victims were all students at the University of Texas at Austin campus in the incident that occurred on Monday afternoon. Reports from the UT Police indicate that the suspect has been identified as 21-year-old UT student Kendrex J. White. The suspect is in custody, and there is no continuing threat to the campus.
The investigators have also revealed that officers received a call of an attack at around 1:50 p.m. at the plaza of Gregory Gymnasium. The officers responded in about two minutes and took White into custody. Police say he had a large Bowie-style knife in his possession. The three victims have been transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries. The fourth victim died at the scene. Police say all the stabbing victims were males, 20 or 21 years of age.
The UT Police reported that shortly before the attack, White calmly walked around the plaza before stabbing students. One of the witnesses told CBS Austin that she was ordering lunch at the food truck when White grabbed a student next to her from behind and stabbed him with a large knife. Rachel Pritchett, who is a freshman at UT revealed that while she was running away she saw this other guy that was kind of bloodied up, sitting at a table slumped over and there was someone standing next to him yelling get away.
The attacker has been revealed to be a biology major at UT and classified as a junior. Austin Police say he was arrested on April 4 after he was involved in a collision in the 300 block of East Dean Keeton on the UT campus. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated. Reports from UT officials indicate that all classes and events for the remainder of the day have been canceled. Parents of UT students with questions can call 1-866-657-9400.
During the same time when the stabbing took place, a building with the Moody College of Communication at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and Dean Keeton Street was evacuated as police investigated a bomb threat. However, UT Student Government said the threat was "non-credible" and the evacuation was only done out of an abundance of caution. The sign was draped from a bridge at the building that said Tuition pays for bombs.