AUSTIN (KXAN) — One student is dead and three more were injured in a stabbing on the University of Texas at Austin campus Monday afternoon.
Austin police say they were called to the scene to assist UT police just before 1:50 p.m. at 2101 Speedway, which is near Gregory Gym. UTPD Chief of Police David Carter says an officer arrived at the location in less than two minutes. When the officer arrived, he saw a suspect walking away from one of the stabbing victims.
The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, was armed with a “Bowie-style” hunting knife, police say. When the officer ordered the suspect to the ground, he complied and was placed into custody. Social media posts show the suspect had a large knife holder attached to his waist.
Emergency crews found three additional stabbing victims within one block. All the victims were male and attend UT.
The UT directory shows White is a junior majoring in Biology.
“This is obviously something that rattles any community, but certainly a college campus community like ours,” says Chief Carter during a news conference Monday afternoon. Carter says his department will move to 12-hour shifts to “reassure our community that UTPD is for them.” The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Austin Police Department will also assist with any extra patrols around campus.
Witnesses tell KXAN they saw one man grab a knife and stab a student in the neck and stomach.
A UT student and KXAN intern, Nidia Cavazos, says she was sitting at a food truck outside the Gregory Gym when she saw the attack happen. “He kicked a sorority girl to the point where she almost fell. A little bit later, that same guy ended up pulling out the knife. Everybody started yelling and running in our direction.”
Students say the first alert they received about the incident from UT was 2:15 p.m., which was nearly 30 minutes after the stabbing was reported to 911. Another follow-up alert was sent around 2:38 p.m.
A KXAN intern says authorities have evacuated Gregory Gym as of 2:10 p.m. Students say McCombs School of Business is on lockdown. Access to the Perry Castaneda Library has been temporarily due to the investigation. Moody College says they are not on lockdown and the building is open.
At 3:14 p.m., UT canceled the rest of classes and events for the remainder of Monday afternoon and evening. The university says the cancellations are “due to the violent attack on campus.”