Police search for motive in western Pa. school stabbings

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2014 4:13 AM
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(Export) -- What motivated a stabbing rampage at a western Pennsylvania high school remains a mystery, with the teenage suspect's attorney calling him a good student who got along with others.  

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal faces dozens of charges, including four counts of attempted homicide, in the stabbing attack that injured 21 students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School outside Pittsburgh. He's jailed without bail. 

Police say Hribal used two kitchen knives to attack students up and down a hallway. At least five students were critically wounded. 

Doctors at a Pittsburgh hospital say a student injured in a mass stabbing at a suburban high school had surgery again overnight and is in ``very critical'' condition.

Authorities haven't released the student's name.

He's been described by doctors at UPMC Presbyterian hospital as a 17-year-old from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

Doctors say he suffered a stab wound from a large knife that pierced his liver and missed his heart and aorta by millimeters.

The boy underwent additional surgery at about 1:00 a.m. this morning.

Students say Hribal was quiet and shy and largely kept to himself. 

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey has asked for a psychiatric examination. 


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