Merced Couty Sheriff Vern Warnke has identified the University of California Merced attacker who wounded four in a mass stabbing spree as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad.
He was a freshman from Santa Clara.
Breitbart News previously reported the stabbings at UC Merced, which occurred around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Police shot and killed Mohammad after the stabbings.
According to the Merced Sun-Star, Warnke identified Mohammad as the attacker and said the motive for the attack was “still unclear.”
There is an ongoing spate of mass stabbing attacks in Israel, where Palestinian Muslims have been encouraged by political and religious leaders to stab civilians. It was not clear whether there was any connection between the UC Merced attack and those attacks. Police intend to release more details at a press conference later in the day.
UC Mercred tweeted that five persons were wounded in the mass stabbing shortly after the attack took place, but Warnke indicated the actual number of wounded was four. And he explained that those four included “two students, a female student advisor and a construction worker who was on campus for a remodeling project.”
Warnke says the FBI is involved in the investigation, particularly as it relates to ascertaining a motive.
At this point investigators believe “Mohammad entered a second-floor classroom as class was starting Wednesday and struggled with a male student, who was stabbed. The construction worker–31-year-old Byron Price–“heard the commotion and went to intervene.” Warnke stressed that apart from Price’s intervention, the first stabbing victim might be dead.
Mohammad turned his attention to Price, “[slashing] him around the waist during the confrontation.” Mohammad is believed to have fled the building thereafter, stabbing another male student and a female student advisor outside.
Mohammad was chased onto a bridge by two university police officers, where he was shot and killed. The identity of the officers has not been released, nor have the identities of any of the victims other than Price.
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