At least 20 people were injured on April 9 at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. when a 16-year-old student brandishing two knives went on a “mass stabbing spree” inside the western Pennsylvania high school at the start of today’s school day. The boy was only stopped after an assistant principal from the school tackled him.
ABC News quoted Thomas Seefeld, the police chief in Murrysville, as saying, "The juvenile went down a hallway and was flashing two knives around and injured the people."
A student from Franklin Regional that knows the suspect described the alleged slasher as "a pretty normal kid," at least prior to today’s incident.
KDKA in Pittsburgh identified the 16-year-old stabbing suspect as Alex Hribal, a sophomore from the high school.
One student witness, Michael Float, an 18-year-old senior, reported arriving at school this morning and seeing “blood all over the floor” as well as blood smeared on the school’s wall. He also saw one of his wounded schoolmates.
“He had his shirt pulled up and he was screaming, ‘Help! Help!’”.
“He had a stab wound right at the top right of his stomach, blood pouring down.”
Float told reporters that he knew the suspect, although not personally, and doesn’t know what could have driven the suspect to go on his stabbing spree.
Police also have no motive for the stabbings.
Of the 19 students and one security guard that were injured, four are described as having sustained serious injuries. Those with the more serious injuries were flown to area hospitals.
The more seriously injured include a school security guard stabbed in the stomach and a 17-year-old boy with “a stab wound to the chest that barely missed his aorta.”
Eight of the victims, including three with severe injuries, were taken to Forbes Hospital, where Dr. Mark Rubino said:
"We were ready to handle what came in the door," adding that, at one point, 20 surgeons were in the emergency room.
There were no fatalities as a result of today’s stabbing spree.
One student, Nate Scimio, who witnessed the stabbings and was stabbed in the arm himself, is being credited with helping evacuate the school by pulling the fire alarm.
The high school cancelled classes following the stabbings. Parents were informed to pick up their children at nearby Heritage Elementary school.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released a statement following the stabbings pledging his support to those affected today.
"As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families."
"I have directed the Pennsylvania State Police to assist local law enforcement in its investigation in any way possible. Other state resources will be made available to the community, if needed. I assure the citizens of Murrysville that they have the full support of my administration."
Stabbing suspect Alex Hribal was transported to a local hospital to evaluate some superficial wounds he sustained this morning and was then taken to the Murrysville Police Department.
For more on the stabbings today at Franklin Regional High School, see the video accompanying this article.
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