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April 09, 2013

At Least Five 12 People Stabbed at Lone Star College In Texas; Recent Claims Put Number of Stabbings at Fourteen

A stabbing spree on a college campus.

At least five people have been stabbed inside a building at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair Campus in Texas, an EMS spokesman says.

The Cy-Fair EMS spokesman told Fox 26 News that the stabbings occurred in the Health Science Center building. One of the victims was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital, while two others were transported by ambulance to another hospital.

One suspect has been detained, but another may be at large. Just a general note: After any mass attack, there are always suspicions of, and reports about, a second attacker perhaps still at large. I think it's just prudence on the cops' part to assume there might be another attacker out there. And they might think this because it's so hard to believe just one person could wreak so much carnage on so many.

But as a general rule, despite the suspicions about a second attacker, it usually (usually) turns out to be just the one.

Update: My skepticism about two attackers seems misplaced in this case -- police are actively searching for the second knife-attacker because initial warnings were about two armed men.

Lone Star community college's campus in Cypress posted an alert on its website just before 12 p.m. warning students of two armed suspects and saying one person remains at large. The alert warned people to seek shelter in a secure location.

Nope! My initial skepticism was right. There's just the one attacker, and the search for other suspects has ended.


via @danriehl, and thanks to @mpoppel, the claim on twitter that the figure is 14 stabbed, but I'm not sure where people are getting that.

A genuinely sick crime and of course my thoughts are with the victims.

Obviously there are some political angles to this story. "Assault knives" and such.

The problem, obviously, is "assault people," which is what we used to call psychopaths and murderers before The Burning Times, when all words were replaced by a poll-tested political euphemism.


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