Student arrested in stabbing attack at Houston-area college

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college Tuesday, wounding

at least 14 people before being subdued and arrested, authorities said.

The attack about 11:20 a.m. on the Lone Star

Community College System's campus in Cypress sent at least 12 people to


hospitals, including four people taken by helicopter, according to

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Robert Rasa.

He said several people refused treatment at the scene and all the

wounds were consistent with stabbing.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said officers responded to the campus after receiving a call about a male "on the loose"

stabbing people. He said it was not immediately clear what type of weapon was used.

"Some of the details in the call slip did

indicate that students or faculty were actively responding to work to

subdue this

individual," Garcia said, describing the man as being about 21

years old and enrolled at the college. "So we're proud of those

folks, but we're glad no one else is injured any more severely

than they are."

Lone Star officials initially urged people

on campus, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston, to take shelter

and be

on alert for a second suspect. But the sheriff's department said a

short time later that authorities believed just one person

was responsible.

"It was the same suspect going from building to building," department spokesman Thomas Gilliland said.

Garcia said buildings still were being searched Tuesday afternoon.

Student Teaundrae Perryman said he was in

class when he received a text message from a friend and went outside to

see a young

woman being loaded into an ambulance with what appeared to be stab

wounds to either her neck or head. He said he didn't receive

an email alert from the college until 11:56 a.m.

"I was concerned but I wasn't afraid because I was with a large group of people," the 21-year-old said, later adding, "The

police got to the scene very quickly."

The four people taken by helicopter and two others with moderate injuries were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Of those

six, two were in critical condition and four were in fair condition Tuesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Alex Rodriguez


One student said she learned one of her classmates was stabbed after leaving the school's Health Science Center building.

"I called to check on another classmate who was still inside the building and she said the classroom was on lockdown and she

said one of the classmates had been stabbed," said Margo Shimfarr-Evans told KHOU-TV. "It happened in the hallway."

Courtland Sedlachek, 18, was in class when his phone started buzzing along with the phones of everyone else in class. The

room was temporarily locked down, but students were let out and off campus a short time later, in what Sedlachek described

as an orderly evacuation.

He described his reaction as a "little bit of nervousness."

The attack came three months after a different Lone Star campus was the site of a shooting in which two people were hurt.

The suspected gunman in that incident is charged with aggravated assault.

A Texas sheriff says the suspect in a stabbing attack at a Houston-area college is a man believed to be about 21-years-old

who is enrolled at the school.

More than a dozen people were wounded in the Tuesday attack on the Lone Star Community College System's campus in Cypress.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says officers responded to the campus after receiving a call about a white male "on the

loose" stabbing people.

Garcia says the suspect is in custody.

Some students or faculty had subdued suspect.