A 16-year-old male student is in police custody after he allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania school this morning.
Police and emergency crews responded to calls of multiple stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, NBC News reports.
20 students were injured in the attacks. 2 of the students are listed in critical condition at Forbes Regional Hospital.
“I was walking into the school and a stampede of people were running after me,” said student Kari Lee, who said several of her friends had been knifed. “They were screaming, ‘Go to your cars! Go to your cars! Someone is stabbing people!’”
From NBC News:
Seven teenagers and an adult were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital, Dr. Chris Kauffman, the trauma director there, told NBC News. The seven were stabbed in the chest, back and abdomen, he said. He characterized some of the injuries as life-threatening but said everyone was expected to live.
At least three students were in surgery. Others were undergoing CT scans and X-rays and could require surgery later, Kauffman said.
“None of these are superficial wounds,” he told reporters. “These are all significant stabbing wounds, every one.”
One girl may have saved the life of one of the stabbed by applying pressure to his wounds, hospital officials said. The girl was not hurt.
“She displayed an amazing amount of composure to help that friend, who was having significant bleeding,” said Dr. Mark Rubino, a surgeon at Forbes hospital.
Stevens told WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, that the first call for help from the school came at 7:13 a.m. The situation was under control by 7:30 to 7:40, he said.