There were reports of a University of Texas at Austin student possibly being the one who stopped a mass stabbing attack on campus on Monday.
Three people were stabbed and one has died from injuries, but the attacker was taken down by a student with a concealed carry handgun.
UT student Alyson G took to social media to tell what she saw.
“Me and Brandon were eating at Chilantro’s truck at a long picnic table. Then at the end of the table some guy comes up in a bandana and stabs the knife into the table and looks all of us in the eye. I thought it was just some theatrical stunt or something. He pulls the knife out without saying anything and turns around to slash some guy in the back of the neck. The slash victim grabs the back of his neck and yells (people look at him and I await some sort of ‘gotcha’ statement). But then… The attackers walks to another guy and stabs him in like the kidney region in his back. Some guy yells run and we all bolt to McComb’s.”
One tweet on social media seems to indicate that one student did chase the attacker with his gun.
— Texasrebel56 (@Texasrebel562) May 1, 2017
UT Student Government Vice President Binna Kim also claimed a student with a gun had stopped the attack.
She later apologized for the message.
No confirmation that a student with a CHL stopped the crime. I apologize for sending that message in a GroupMe to friends before confirming. https://t.co/xiWanjOBlo
— Binna Kim (@beanzkim) May 1, 2017
Still The Tab reported, “Eyewitnesses have reported seeing a student pull out a concealed handgun on the suspect, and made him back down.”
Some rumors were floating around that the attacker was selecting his victims based on Greek letters that tied them to a fraternity. However, police said, “At this time we do not have information about credible threats to specific groups of people.”
— Jessica Merkel (@bhelaminhan1988) May 1, 2017
Mug shot of UT stabbing suspect, Kendrex Jermaine White, 21 years of age. Charged with Murder. pic.twitter.com/xqSUHpTwuh
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) May 2, 2017
More photos from the scene: pic.twitter.com/XZpymHUvgt
— The Daily Texan (@thedailytexan) May 1, 2017
Kendrex J. White was arrested at the scene by police.
The attacker now claims he does not remember the attack. According to KXAN:
The University of Texas student who police say went on a stabbing spree, killing one and injuring three others, was suffering from mental health issues. Less than 24 hours after the attack on campus, UT police say the suspect, 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, did not have a vendetta against any particular group but that he “did have a history” with mental health. UTPD Chief of Police David Carter says White, who was a Biology major, was recently involuntarily committed in another city.
White is currently in the Travis County Jail charged with murder. More charges are expected.
Campus Carry has been a huge hit in Texas for a couple of years now. Having armed students could stop an attack like this at the moment it occurs.