MERCED (KRON) – A suspect was shot and killed after stabbing five students on the campus of University of California at Merced Wednesday morning.
The campus has been closed for the day and all classes are canceled, according to a Tweet sent out by UC Merced.
Two victims were flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital and the other three students were treated on campus. All victims were conscious.
Police received reports of a stabbing around 8:02 a.m. in the Classroom and Office Building on campus, referred to by students as COB.
The attack happened as a construction workers were remodeling a student waiting room, according to a report by local newspaper Merced Sun-Star.
“They heard a scuffle in the classroom right across from where they were working and it sounded like a fight. So (my son) opened the door and the guy lunged at him,” John Price told the Sun-Star. “It got the (attacker) outside the room, away from others.”
Two of the five victims were flown to area hospitals while others were treated on the scene, according to campus spokeswoman Lorena Anderson.
The situation was under control by 9:17 a.m.
The suspect, described as a male student in his 20s, was shot and killed by UC police, according to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke.
People are advised to contact UC Merced’s emergency hotline at 209-228-4400 or visit the emergency website for more information.
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A press conference will be held today at 4 p.m. Location is to be determined.