Police outside Gregory Gymnasium at University of Texas Austin on Monday afternoon. Photos Courtesy: Twitter, Associated Press, Social Media
Updated May 2, 2017 12:45 p.m. Central Time
A University of Texas Austin student went on a stabbing rampage Monday afternoon. Four UT students were attacked. One student was killed and 3 students were injured during the attack outside Gregory Gymnasium. Police arrested the suspect, a UT student within minutes of the attack, according to UT President Gregory L. Fenves.
The suspect is identified as 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, a UTA Biology Junior who had mental health issues. According to the Daily Texan, the suspect carried out the stabbings on 3 white male students and 1 Asian male student with a large bowie-style knife. Authorities say White is in custody. UT student Harrison Brown was killed during the stabbing spree. He was identified by the Graham Texas School district, the Daily Texan reported.
Two stabbing victims have been released from the hospital. One victim remains hospitalized.
Following reports of the stabbings, all classes were suspended. Classes resumed Tuesday while Austin Police, UT Police and the Texas Department of Safety investigate.
UT President Gregory Fenves called the stabbings “a horrific act of violence.”
“There is a great deal of fear on campus and in our community. That fear is very understandable, especially in light of recent vandalism and threats against students. Like you, we are following the rumors and reports circulating on social media,” Fenves stated in an update on the campus tragedy Monday night.
University officials urged students to call their parents to let them know they are safe. UT and Austin police and DPS also increased patrols on campus and west of campus. Authorities also urged the UT community to call 911 if they see anything suspicious and pray for the victims and their families.
In an unrelated stabbing non-life threatening incident, Austin Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding an aggravated assault suspect. The stabbing happened Monday around 3 p.m. in the 2600 block of Nueces. The stabbing victim told police he got into a confrontation with an unknown male after he saw the suspect threaten an unknown female with a knife. Police describe the suspect as a white male, in his 20’s, 5 feet 9 inches with sandy brown hair. The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans and a hoodie. Contact Austin PD at 512-974-5017, if you have any information about this case.