Five people were injured and the suspect was killed in stabbing attack at the University of California – Merced on Wednesday morning.
The university reports that the attacks happened in front of the Classroom and Office Building on the central California campus. The suspect was shot and killed by police.
“Two of the victims were transported by helicopter to a local hospital, and the other three were treated on campus. All victims were conscious,” according to UC-Merced press release.
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“Student Alex Lopez was heading to his class, when he realized something was wrong on campus,” Fox News reports. “I was listening to a podcast, and there was a break in talking, and I just hear a gunshot,” he said. Police and first responders flooded the scene, according to Lopez.
Update: Campus police report suspect shot & killed. 5 students have been treated for stab wounds. Campus remains closed. Classes canceled.
— UC Merced (@ucmerced) November 4, 2015
“You see this stuff all over the news and stuff and you see it happen to all these other schools,” but you don’t expect it to happen at your school, said Lopez, 21.
Classes have been cancelled and the campus has been closed. Police have advised people to avoid coming to the area for the rest of the day.
In the wake of last month’s Oregon college shooting, liberals including President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton called for greater gun control measures as the best means to stop such violent attacks.
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Meanwhile, Second Amendment advocates have argued that the problem is not the gun itself, but lies in the heart of people who chose to use them to take innocent life. The best way to counter such evil, they believe, is to allow law abiding citizens to be armed in order to protect themselves.
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