The suspect, who has not yet been named, was shot dead by officers after they arrived on the scene on Wednesday morning. Merced County’s sheriff says the UC Merced student suspected of the attack has been tentatively identified, but his name is not being released because authorities have not been able to reach his family. But he was a student and a California resident who was living in an on-campus dorm.
During a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff-Coroner Vern Warnke said that the weapon used in the stabbings was a hunting knife between 8 and 10 inches long. The university said that two students, one staff member and a vendor were wounded but were expected to recover. Two of the victims were airlifted to specific hospitals for treatment.
Campus Police Chief Albert Vasquez says the attack started inside a classroom and that more victims were wounded as the armed suspect fled. Vasquez says two campus police officers saw the suspect outside and shot him as he turned toward them. The stabbings occurred shortly before 8am PT on Wednesday. By 9.30am, the suspect had been shot dead.