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AUSTIN, Texas, May 2, (AP): A student with a large hunting knife stabbed at least four people on the University of Texas campus, killing one and seriously wounding the others before surrendering to police, authorities said. There was no immediate word about a motive. Student Rachel Prichett said she was standing in line at a food truck outside a gym Monday when she saw a man with a knife resembling a machete approach the person standing behind her.
“The guy was standing next to me,” Prichett said. “He grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved the knife in it. I just started running as fast as I could.” Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Kendrex J. White. University police Chief David Carter described the weapon as a “Bowie-style” hunting knife. He said the stabbings occurred within a one-block area as the attacker “calmly walked around the plaza”. Another student, Ray Arredondo, said he was walking to his car when a mass of students near the gym started running. “They were just screaming, ‘Run! Get out of here!’” Arredondo said. One person died at the scene near the gym. The others were taken to the hospital. There were reports of additional victims with non-life-threatening injuries, according to tweets from Travis County Emergency Medical Services. The attacker did not resist when officers confronted him at gunpoint, Carter said.
Lindsey Clark said she saw the suspect get tackled by police as he was running toward the entrance of Jester Hall, a complex of dormitories and classrooms. She described him as wearing a bandanna and gray sweatshirt and said he appeared quiet and subdued as police held him on the ground. “You could see and hear people running and screaming: ‘There he is!’” before he was tackled by officers, Clark said. Carter said it would be “premature” to discuss the suspect’s motive and “what was going through his mind.”