Authorities said Wednesday a male student stabbed and injured five people as classes got underway at a rural university campus in central California before police shot and killed him. Assistant Vice Chancellor Patti Waid said all those attacked at the University of California, Merced, were conscious when paramedics reached them.
Officials said two victims were taken by helicopter to hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known. Waid said the other three had injuries that were minor enough that they could be treated on campus.
Campus officials say some, but not all, of the victims are students. The assailant was a student but his identity was not confirmed or provided a motive for the attack.
Officials said they were still working out a timeline of events leading up to the stabbings, and it wasn’t clear how the attack played out. The school with more than 6,600 students is about 120 miles south of Sacramento in the farm-rich San Joaquin Valley.
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