Mass Stabbing Reported on Houston-Area Campus

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April 9 2013 2:04 PM

Mass Stabbing Reported on Houston-Area Campus

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***This post has been updated with new information***

Multiple people have been reported injured on Tuesday in a mass stabbing on a Houston-area college campus. So far, there are no reports of fatalities.

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Harris County Sheriff spokesperson Thomas Gilliland told reporters that at least 11 people were injured in the attack. Local ABC affiliate KTRK is reporting that several victims were transported to local hospitals by ambulance and Life Flight helicopter. The campus posted an emergency message to their website that reads:

ALERT: LSC-CyFair Locked Down. Two armed suspects at LSC-CyFair. One suspect is at large. Stay away from the area. Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved. Be aware of your surroundings. If you have reason to believe that the suspect is in or near your location, notify LSC Police at 281.290.5911, if it is safe to do so. Updates on the situation will follow as new and confirmed information becomes available.

Students are slowly being released from classrooms, reports NBC affiliate KPRC. According to the Associated Press, one arrest has been made. Gilliland, addressing initial reports of a second suspect, told reporters that the Harris County Sheriff's department now believes the suspect in custody worked alone.

As CNN notes, the Lone Star College system was the site of another incident of mass violence this year when three people were injured in a January shooting at the North Harris campus in Houston.

UPDATE Tuesday, April 9, 4:13 p.m.: Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told reporters that the suspect in custody is a male student enrolled in the college, about 21 years old. Earlier today, police responded to a 911 call from the school describing a "male on the loose stabbing people," he added, according to CNN. CBS affiliate KHOU has more details from witnesses:

"Witnesses said a suspect ran down a hallway randomly stabbing other students in the Health and Science Center...Other students in the science building rushed to help the victims until emergency crews arrived. One victim was "bleeding profusely," according to the witness."

Officials haven't yet identified the suspect, or the weapon used in the stabbing attack. In all, 12 people were hospitalized and 14 injured.

Abby Ohlheiser is a Slate contributor.