It has happened yet again.
Only this time there was no gun; there was a knife or some other sharp instrument. Police are still trying to figure that one out.
The attack took place around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning when 20-year-old student Dylan Quick—currently being held by authorities—started stabbing people near the Health Science Center. By the time he was finally wrestled to the ground by another student, he had injured at least fifteen people, mostly in the head and neck areas.
Three of Quick’s victims suffered only minor lacerations and were treated at the scene. Twelve others were either driven or flown by helicopter to hospitals in the region. According to the latest reports, two of the stabbing victims are in critical condition, one was discharged and three others had their conditions upgraded to good.
Fortunately, no one has died, but we’re certainly not “out of the woods” yet.
Michelle Alvarez witnessed the attack and nearly became one of Quick’s victims: “He came running and swinging at my neck, as I tried to get out of the way.” Luckily, he only grazed her neck, leaving a faint red line down her windpipe.
Another student, Steven Maida, didn’t see the attack, but was there to witness its aftermath. There was blood on the stairs and victims running by with wounds to their heads, throats and even faces.
“I just took off downstairs running and searching for the attacker,” he recounted later. And though the identity of the student who tackled Quick has not yet been confirmed, Maida claims it was him, or at least him and several other students.
Personally, I believe him. And I thank him for acting so quickly. There’s no telling how many other students would have been injured if he (and perhaps others) never intervened.
Of course, chasing down an attacker with a knife is much easier than one with a gun, but that shouldn’t detract from Maida’s act of heroism. It still takes courage.
That afternoon, the campus was placed on lockdown until authorities completed their initial investigation, at which point everyone was sent home. With any luck, the campus will open as scheduled tomorrow.
At this point, Quick’s motive for stabbing so many of his classmates remains a mystery. I’m sure he’s being questioned thoroughly—maybe at this very moment—so perhaps we’ll know more soon.
One thing I do know, however, is that Lone Star often touts itself as the fastest-growing community college system in America and has six separate campuses to prove it. Of course, quick growth and expansion might mean less attention is being paid to the students they are admitting, as well. And based on the news of late, it might be time to focus a little more on this area, especially where mental illness is concerned.
Might I recommend adding some kind of psychological screening to your admission requirements, Lone Star? At this rate, it may someday be mandatory on all college campuses, so why not get a jump on the competition?
After all, you still have four safe campuses left.
The news can be so depressing sometimes.
Among the victims was a college faculty member.
I work at a college, so these kinds of stories always freak me out a bit. Granted, I have a clear plan of evacuation if a shooter ever terrorizes our campus, but no one ever sees these attacks coming. And to make matters worse, the killer in this story didn’t even use a gun.
He used some kind of edged weapon. Silent but deadly.
Police Chief Chris Walsh told reporters that the suspect was not a current student and added one other description that I found rather ominous. Walsh said “the suspect appeared to be completely alone.”
I know this is meant to put people at ease so they know a second suspect isn’t at large, but something about the word “completely” just makes the suspect seem sad.
Maybe that’s why he snapped.
UPDATE: New details have emerged about the Casper College killer. His name was Christopher Krumm and the college instructor he killed was his father, James Krumm. Christopher stabbed and killed his father’s girlfriend a few miles away from campus, then stormed into his father’s computer science class and shot his father in the head with a bow and arrow. Chris then stabbed himself and repeatedly stabbed his father just before both men died. Tragic…
The night before Na Cola Darcel Franklin was scheduled to wed Billy Rafael Brewster in Whitehall, PA, the soon-to-be newlyweds had an argument. Rather than talking things out, Franklin grabbed a knife and stabbed her groom in the chest. One of the wounds punctured his heart and of course, he died from his wounds soon after.
During her arraignment, Franklin could not believe her fiance was dead and indicated she never meant to hurt, or even kill, him.
Personally, I find this rather hard to believe. I mean, what did you think would happen when you stabbed him in the chest?
To make matters worse, Franklin and Brewster weren’t even alone in their apartment. Their children and extended family members were also present.
Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this story because it seems so utterly ridiculous and, of course, tragic. Instead of spending their lives together, Franklin will be imprisoned while Brewster will be six feet under.
What is this world coming to?