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Mass Stabbing Reported at Houston-Area Community College

Sheriff: 14 people injured by 'one and only one' suspect.

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A suspect in a stabbing that left 14 people injured at Lone Star Community College near Houston, Texas, lies on the ground, April 9, 2013.

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Update (5:00 p.m EDT):

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia confirmed at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that 14 people were injured and one suspect arrested after a stabbing spree at the CyFair campus of Lone Star College near Houston, Texas.

The suspect’s name was not revealed, but Garcia said he is believed to be a 21-year-old currently enrolled student. After reviewing security tapes police realized there was “one and only one suspect,” Garcia said.

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Four victims were flown via helicopter to nearby hospitals, Garcia told reporters. Two victims with non-serious injuries declined to go to a hospital. The type of weapon used was not immediately known to police.

KSHO-TV tweeted this photo, purportedly of the man who was taken into custody:


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As many as 14 people were stabbed before noon Tuesday on the CyFair campus of Lone Star College near Houston, Texas.

"Two armed suspects at LSC-CyFair. One suspect is at large. Stay away from the area," says the college's website in an emergency alert updated at 11:59 a.m. local time.

"If you have reason to believe that the suspect is in or near your location, notify LSC Police," says the alert.

Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports that, according to a witness, the attacker that was apprehended by police "appeared to be a student, may be hearing impaired, and was armed with a knife similar to an X-Acto knife, that may be used in animal dissections."

The witness, identified only by his first name, said he observed people with neck wounds.

KHOU-TV reports that "[a] witness said there were two guys running down the hallway and randomly stabbing students in the Health and Science Center."

According to KHOU, information gleaned from police scanner communications suggest the second suspect is a white male with long brown hair.

Ambulances and helicopters used for medical evacuations swarmed the campus.

The college's director of public affairs, Alan Bernstein, told KTRK, "It appears the campus is now safe, but we have people triple-checking the sprawling campus for other suspects and victims."

The Houston Chronicle notes that a January shooting at another branch of the Lone Star College System left three people wounded. The college describes itself as "the fastest-growing community college in the nation."

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Updated on 04/09/13: This post has been updated with new information.