Multiple Wounds Reported at Pennsylvania School Stabbing

As many as 20 students at a high school near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were injured in a multiple stabbing attack Wednesday morning–and at least some of the injuries qualify as “life-threatening,” according to doctors at the scene.  The suspect, who is a male student at the school, is in custody and is being questioned.  More from CNN.com:

The violence, Stevens said, happened in classrooms and a hallway. The suspect was handcuffed by a school resource officer, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said, and a school principal had “an interaction” with the suspect, leading to his apprehension.

Four people were flown to hospitals by helicopter, Stevens said.

Seven teens and one adult were being treated at nearby Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, according to Dr. Chris Kaufmann. Their injuries are “quite serious,” and “some are clearly life threatening,” he said.

Victims were stabbed in their torso, abdomen, chest and back areas, and two people were sent to surgery immediately after arriving, he said. Those two patients had low blood pressure, he said. A third was being prepared for surgery Wednesday morning, and the rest were being evaluated to see whether surgery was necessary, he said.

Eleven victims were taken to four University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals, UPMC spokesman Cindy McGrath said. One was sent to UPMC Presbyterian; four were taken to Children’s Hospital; one was taken to UPMC Mercy; and five were taken to UPMC East. She did not have ages or conditions of the victims.

The students who were hurt range in age from 14 to 17, Stevens said. All of the injuries are stabbing-related, such as lacerations or punctures, and there were no guns involved he, said.

The alleged attacker is being treated for injuries to his hands, Seefeld said, adding that the security guard is among the injured.

A message on the Franklin Regional School District’s website said all of its elementary schools were closed after the incident, and “the middle school and high school students are secure.”

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