Faisal Mohammad died Wednesday after being gunned down by campus police

By Tara Fowler
Updated November 06, 2015 08:30 AM
Credit: Andrew Kuhn/Merced Sun-Star/AP

Faisal Mohammad, the 18-year-old student who attacked four people with a hunting knife at the University of California, Merced, on Wednesday, was angry that he’d been kicked out of a study group, authorities said.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said Thursday that a two-page manifesto was recovered from Mohammad’s body, the Associated Press reports. The document allegedly details Mohammad’s plan to get revenge on the classmates who kicked him out of the group.

Mohammad purportedly planned to use plastic ties to bind the hands of students to their desks. He then planned to call police and ambush the responding officers with the hunting knife in order to get their guns.

Warnke said the plan was poorly conceived and had no chance of succeeding. “He had delusions of grandeur,” the sheriff said. “I don’t think he had any actual capability to carry it out.”

Warnke also emphasized that the attack had nothing to do with terrorism. “We had a teenager who was upset he was kicked out of a study group,” he said. “We had a teenager who didn’t know how to channel his anger.”

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Mohammad died Wednesday after being gunned down by campus police. His four victims – two students, a staffer and a construction worker – are all expected to make a full recovery.

Mohammad’s suitemate, Andrew Velasquez, told ABC 30 that Mohammad was anti-social. “[He] didn’t talk much. And I never saw him walk with anybody,” Velasquez said.

He added: “Every time I would try and say something he would just ignore it.”