UC Merced Stabbing Suspect Identified as 18-Year-Old Faisal Mohammad
Faisal Mohammad died Wednesday after being gunned down by campus police
Authorities have identified the man who stabbed four people at the University of California, Merced, as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, a freshman at the school.
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.
In a press conference Thursday, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said that Mohammad was a freshman studying computer science and engineering. Officials have not yet determined a motive for the attack.
Shortly before 8 a.m., Mohammad entered a second-floor room in the Classroom and Office Building and stabbed a student with a 10-inch hunting knife, authorities said.
Byron Price, a construction worker who was doing renovation work at the school, overheard the commotion and went to check the room to see what was happening.
“I went to open the door to break it up and see if everybody was okay and they all screamed ‘run’ when I opened the door,” Price, 31, told CBS Fresno. But he didn’t move quickly enough, and Mohammad lunged at him with the knife as he stood there.
Mohammad then fled down a flight of stairs, stabbing another student and an advisor as he went. Campus police eventually caught up to him and opened fire.
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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. “Walking to class, I never saw him walk with anybody.”
He added: “Every time I would try and say something he would just ignore it.”
The FBI is investigating the attack.