Police chief says student flashed two knives in stabbing incident

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 9, 2014 11:16 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

A Salvation Army disaster services vehicle drives past a school bus onto the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned.

(Murrysville) -- A police chief says a 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around'' when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh.  

Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued. 

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the bloody crime scene left behind this morning at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County is ``vast'' and may take a couple of days to process. 

Police haven't named the suspect who was taken into custody but says he's being treated for a minor hand wound. 

Investigators haven't determined a motive but say they're looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.  

At least two of the victims were in critical condition, though doctors expect all victims to survive. 


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