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   MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Flailing away with two knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 19 students and a police officer in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him.
   At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said.
   The rampage — which came after years in which U.S. schools have geared much of their emergency planning toward mass shootings, not stabbings — set off a screaming stampede, left blood on the floor and walls, and brought teachers rushing to help the victims.
   The motive was under investigation.
   The suspect, whose name was not immediately released by police, was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound. Late in the afternoon, he was brought into court in shackles and a hospital gown to face charges.
   While several bloody stabbing rampages at schools in China have made headlines in the past few years, large-scale knife attacks are almost unheard of in the U.S.
   The attack unfolded in the morning just minutes before the start of classes at 1,200-student Franklin Regional High School, in an upper-middle-class area 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. It was over in a matter of minutes.
   Witnesses said the boy at first tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly, then got up and ran wildly down the hall, slashing other students.
   Nate Moore, 15, said he saw the first attack and was going to try to break it up when the boy got up and slashed his face, requiring 11 stitches.
   "It was really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face. It spurted up on my forehead," he said.
   The attacker "had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part," Moore said. "He wasn't saying anything. He didn't have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression."
   Doctors said they expect all the victims to survive, despite large and deep abdominal puncture wounds in some cases. The wounded police officer — who was regularly assigned to the campus — was treated and released.
   Authorities credited an assistant principal with subduing the assailant. They gave no details, but students identified the educator as Sam King and told local news organizations that they saw him tackle the boy after the youngster stabbed the campus officer.
   King's son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities have said he did not suffer any knife wounds.
   "He says he's OK. He's a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he's OK," Zack King said. He added: "I'm proud of him."
   As for what set off the attack, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn't specify whether the suspect received or made the call.
   Mia Meixner, 16, said the initial assault touched off a "stampede of kids" yelling, "Run! Get out of here! Someone has a knife!"
   Meixner and Moore called the attacker a shy and quiet boy who largely kept to himself, but they said he was not an outcast and they saw no indication before the attack that he might be violent.
   "He was never mean to anyone, and I never saw people be mean to him," Meixner said. "I never saw him with a particular group of friends."
   During the attack, the boy had a "blank look," she said. "He was just kind of looking like he always does, not smiling, not scowling or frowning."
   Michael Float, 18, said he had just gotten to school when he saw "blood all over the floor" and smeared on the wall near the main entrance. Then he saw a wounded student.
   "He had his shirt pulled up and he was screaming, 'Help! Help!'" Float said. "He had a stab wound right at the top right of his stomach, blood pouring down."
   Float said he saw a teacher applying pressure to the wound of another student.
   Someone, possibly a student, pulled a fire alarm after seeing some of the stabbings, the police chief said. Although that created chaos, Seefeld said, it emptied out the school more quickly, and "that was a good thing that that was done."
   Also, a girl with "an amazing amount of composure" applied pressure to a schoolmate's wounds and probably kept the victim from bleeding to death, said Dr. Mark Rubino at Forbes Regional Medical Center.
   Public safety and school officials said an emergency plan worked as well as could be expected. The district conducted an emergency exercise three months ago and a full-scale drill about a year ago.
   "We haven't lost a life and I think that's what we have to keep in mind," said county public safety spokesman Dan Stevens.

 

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:09

Man stabbed to death outside of Illinois gun club

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southern Illinois' Jefferson County say a man has been stabbed to death outside a gun club.
 
Coroner Eddie Joe Marks says 37-year-old Eric Houser died at a hospital after the altercation Tuesday night at the Mount Vernon Gun and Sportmen's Club.
 
There's no immediate word on any arrests or charges.
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WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - An 8-year-old eastern Missouri boy has died from injuries suffered in a stabbing during a domestic dispute.
 
Warren County authorities say Mason Vandiver died about 1 a.m. Tuesday at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. He had been on life-support since the attack Friday night at a home near Jonesburg.
 
Mason's mother, 29-year-old Lexy Vandiver, died in the stabbing, along with her co-worker who was visiting the home, 22-year-old Tara Lynn Fifer of Montgomery City.
 
Murder charges were filed Saturday against 23-year-old Shawn Kavanagh of Bellflower. His estranged wife, 27-year-old Jessica Kavanagh, also was stabbed and remains hospitalized. Authorities say she is expected to recover.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis woman is facing charges for stabbing her brother, critically injuring him.
 
   Charges of first-degree domestic assault, evidence tampering and armed criminal action were filed Sunday against 53-year-old Angela Hallmon. She is jailed on $50,000 cash bond.
 
   Police say Hallmon called authorities on Saturday to say she had stabbed her brother following an argument. She was arrested, and her brother was taken to a hospital in critical and unstable condition. The motive for the attack was not disclosed.
 
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Homicide detectives are on the scene of a fatal stabbing in Soulard.

Police say a man was found in a pool of blood in his apartment that is just a block away from Pontiac Square Park in St. Louis city. The victim has not been identified and no motive has been released.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University says one person has been arrested in connection with an early-morning stabbing at a campus apartment building.

University spokesman Mark Land said university police arrested 18-year-old Zesen Shen at about 8 a.m. Sunday at the Tulip Tree Apartments. Land said police believe Shen and another suspect fought with a 20-year-old IU student in the apartment parking lot around 3:30 a.m.

University police Lt. Craig Munroe told the Indianapolis Star the student was stabbed in the back. Land said the student was taken to IU Health hospital in Bloomington and his injury is not life-threatening.

Campus police are still looking for the other suspect and are investigating.

The school gave students the all clear around 7 a.m. CDT. Previously, students were asked to stay indoors after the stabbing.

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A south St. Louis man dead after he was stabbed during an altercation with his girlfriend's family.

The incident happened in the overnight hours in a home in the 7500 block of Vermont Avenue. Police say they found the 46-year-old victim with multiple stab wounds inside the home. Investigators determined the victim was arguing with his girlfriend's 21-year-old son when the argument escalated and the son stabbed the man in the chest.

The son ran away after the stabbing, but was captured a short time later. 

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A grand jury in Effingham County has indicted 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on three counts of first-degree murder.

DeRyke is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece Willow Long to death on September 8. For each count of murder, he faces a mandatory term of life in prison if convicted.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken her brother into protective custody and is investigating Willow's mother.

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Charges are filed against a St. Louis County woman for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.

Police say they were called to the couple's home around 1 AM Thursday for an apparent homicide. That is where they found 76-year-old Ivan Mullenix Sr. dead from an apparent stabbing. Officers also found 69-year-old Mary Mullenix in the house and she was taking into custody.

Town and Country Police say they were called to same house earlier for a domestic disturbance.

Mary Mullenix is held on a half-million dollar bond.

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COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a southwestern Illinois man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend on the same day both were expected in court regarding a protection order against him.

Jordan Kuykendall was charged with first-degree murder Saturday in the death of 17-year-old Erin Schneider. Her body was found Thursday in Kuykendall's home in Columbia, southeast of St. Louis.

Kuykendall is being held on a $1 million bond. Police say he isn't cooperating and has an attorney.

Schneider's body was found after her parents asked police to check Kuykendall's residence. Her mother had obtained a protective order against Kuykendall on her daughter's behalf two weeks earlier.

Kuykendall is under police guard at a St. Louis hospital where he's being treated for injuries he sustained in a car accident Thursday.

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