First responders in Austin, Texas, reported that one person is dead and several others are injured after a knife-wielding suspect went on a rampage at the University of Texas campus. The suspect appeared calm, “nonchalant” after police arrested him according to a witness. Police described the four victims to be three white and one “Asian” male college students.
FINAL UPDATE: The identity of the victim of Monday’s mass stabbing incident that occurred around 1:50 p.m as Harrison Brown, a 2016 graduate of Graham Independent School District, the Houston Chronicle reported. In a Facebook post on the district’s page, school officials wrote, “The news of Harrison Brown’s (GHS Class of 2016) passing is heartbreaking. There are no words adequate enough to express the sorrow felt by Graham ISD and the community of Graham for this loss. Harrison was an inspiration to everyone around him.”
UPDATE: 4:11 p.m.: UT Police Chief David Carter said the suspect has been identified as Kendrix J. White, 21, a UT student, in a press conference Monday afternoon. Several witnesses reported White calmly walked around attacking the victims with a long Bowie-style knife. An officer observed White leaving the area and made contact — ordering White to get on the ground. He complied and police took him into custody.
Austin Police Department officials tweeted they have a suspect in custody and that the situation is under control at this time.
The Daily Texan Tweeted a photo of Austin police officers allegedly taking a suspect into custody.
Picture of the suspect outside Gregory. pic.twitter.com/fEQQxscXhm
— The Daily Texan (@thedailytexan) May 1, 2017
Another photo of the suspect shows a long scabbard on his right hip.
— Ray Arredondo (@Raydondo_) May 1, 2017
Arredondo is a senior economics student at U.T. In an interview with Breitbart Texas he said he was heading to Greg Gym when he observed numerous people fleeing the area. Fearing it might be a shooting, he said he also fled the scene initially.
“When I came back to the area I saw police and emergency staff attempting to revive one man,” the UT senior told Breitbart Texas. “They were trying their hardest to save him, but they just couldn’t do it. It was very sad.”
He said he observed another student with a wound to his neck area. That student was being treated for his injuries and is okay, Aredondo said.
At that point, he observed the police searching the suspect at a patrol car in the area. He took the photo above as police finished the search. Breitbart Texas asked him about the suspect demeanor. “He was not remorseful at all,” Arredondo responded. “He seemed very nonchalant about the whole thing. He didn’t say a word; he just stood there staring ahead.”
Shortly after, the University of Texas Police Department tweeted confirmation of the arrest of a stabbing suspect.
Unidentified suspect apprehended for stabbing two subjects and assaulting a one other. One of the victims died due to their wounds.
— UT Austin Police (@UTAustinPolice) May 1, 2017
Twitter user @richhomie_qu4d Tweeted a video showing one of the stabbing victims being treated for a shoulder wound on his back. “Stabbing here on UT Campus. Please be safe yall,” he Tweeted.
Stabbing here on UT campus. Please be safe yall. pic.twitter.com/zZG7hz6MIm
— Tarzan (@richhomie_qu4d) May 1, 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a message of prayer and support for the deceased victim and other victims of this incident and the shooting of the Dallas paramedic.
“Our prayers go out to all those affected by today’s tragic events,” the governor said. “I have been briefed by the Department of Public Safety on both incidents, and have also talked to University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves. As the investigations into these heinous crimes continue, I have offered all available state resources to both Dallas and the University of Texas to assist in any effort.”
This story is developing and is subject to updates from official sources.
This article has been updated to reflect current, official statements with respect to the races of the victims in question.