1 killed, 3 injured in stabbing attack on Texas University campus

Breaking News – HOUSTON, May 1 (Xinhua) — At least one person was killed and three others injured Monday in a stabbing attack on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), which is located at the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas.

The attack occurred outside of the Gregory Gymnasium in East Campus just after 1:30 p.m. local time and the suspect, who is also a student of the university, has been in custody and identified as the 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, according to the police.

Police so far have no idea about why White, who was armed with a hunting knife, stabbed the victims, three white males and one Asian male between the ages of 20 and 21.

University President Greg Fenves said that his university would actively investigate the stabbings and that all classes and events have been canceled for the rest of the day.

A half century ago at the University of Texas Austin, the calm killer was Charles Whitman, a loner, ex-Marine sharpshooter who killed from his perch atop the clock tower.

The 90-minute attack, which left 17 dead and more than 30 wounded, ushered in the modern era of mass shootings, campus rampages and school killers.

On Monday, the memory of that day was inescapable as a calm killer wielded a knife on campus, stabbing four, killing one. Police identified him as Kendrex J. White.

“It was described to us that the individual calmly walked around the plaza,” the University police chief told reporters, “and basically attacked these four unfortunate students.”

In both acts of evil, the news of the attacks spread across campus quickly.

One of Charles Whitman’s victims is placed in an ambulance. (AP photo)

On Aug. 1, 1966, it was by radio.

“It’s like a battle scene,” newsman Neal Spelce said on the air, ducking bullets. “There’s a shot, and another shot, and another shot.”

On Monday, it was through social media.

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