A student killed by campus police after stabbing four people at the University of California has been identified as freshman, 18-year-old Mohammad Faisal according to school officials. He was described by them as being quiet and antisocial.
Investigators have seized numerous incriminating items from the backpack of Faisal, including a number of zip-tie handcuffs, a night vision scope, a safety hammer, some petroleum jelly, and several rolls of adhesive tape. A hunting knife between 8 and 10 inches long was used in the stabbings.
Student Alex Lopez was on his way to to class when he realized that there was something wrong with the campus. “I was listening to a podcast, and there was a break in talking, and I just hear a gunshot,” he said.
The bomb squad was called in as a precaution in view of the fact that the suspect was carrying a backpack. Two police officers gave chase as Faisal fled the building, said UC Merced Chief of Police Al Vasquez. Faisal was shot and killed by the campus police as he ran from the building.
The university was blocked for about 90 minutes after the stabbings. The block was lifted, but classes were cancelled and the entrances to the campus were blocked. The campus was not evacuated.
Two of Faisal’s victims had to be transported to nearby hospitals, with the other two treated on the campus. The authorities have not released the names of the four victims of the attack.
Numerous witnesses, many of whom are students, were questioned by the police.