The suspect is hospitalized in serious condition

By Tara Fowler
Updated October 22, 2015 10:00 AM
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A teacher was killed in an attack at a Swedish school on Thursday morning, according to multiple reports.

Local police said a masked assailant attacked teachers and students at the Trollhattan school with “at least one knife-like object.” There are conflicting reports on whether the assailant was carrying a knife or a sword.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was shot during the attack and has since been hospitalized in serious condition, hospital spokesman Niklas Claesson told CNN.

Three others, a teacher and two students, have also been hospitalized, The Guardian reports.

“We have four seriously injured patients,” the hospital said in a statement provided to The Guardian. “All are in surgery right now. One is a teacher and two are students. One is 11 and one 15 years old. They have knife wounds.”

The statement continued: “One of the injured is the suspected culprit. He is being operated on for gunshot wounds.”

One witness purportedly told Swedish media that they initially thought the attack was a prank. “When we first saw him we thought it was a joke,” the witness said. “He had a mask and black clothes and a long sword.”

Other witnesses reported seeing hundreds of students fleeing the scene, according to USA Today.

Police have not released a motive for the attack, the Associated Press reports.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven offered his condolences to the victims’ families, describing Thursday as a “black day.”

“My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, the students and staff, and the whole community that has been affected,” Lofven said. “No words can describe what they are going through right now.”

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