AUSTIN, Texas, 1 May 2017 — Authorities report one dead, three injured and a suspect apprehended on University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) campus in a series of stabbings Monday afternoon. Austin police arrested knife-wielding suspect, Kendrex J. White, within two minutes of receiving the first phone call about the stabbings, according to UT-Austin Police Chief David Carter. North Texas school district, Graham ISD, has identified the deceased as Harrison Brown, Graham High School Class of 2016. As of the morning of 2 May, one victim remains in hospital and the others have been treated and released. Austin-Travis County EMS reported transporting three to hospital and treating and releasing an unspecified number of non-life-threatening injuries in connection with Monday afternoon campus stabbings.
According to witness statements, the suspect stabbed one victim adjacent to a food truck near Gregory Gymnasium on the UT campus around 1:45 PM. Police reported recovering three other severely wounded victims within a few blocks. Witnesses said the suspect walked calmly around the area stabbing his victims. Police spokesperson said the suspect calmly surrendered himself to a responding officer who drew his sidearm and placed the suspect under arrest. Photos of the victim being apprehended show an African-American male.
Suspect Kendrex White is a 21-year-old biology major at UT Ausatin. Mr White graduated high school in 2014 from Killeen High School in the central Texas town of Killeen, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Travis County records indicate an April 2017 arrest for DWI in which Mr. White failed to yield the right of way, crashed a vehicle and reported a prescription for “happy pills,” listed as Zoloft.
Austin American-Statesman video interview with witness Rachel Prichett
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