22 injured at knife attack in Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sophomore Alex Hribal allegedly brandished two knives in a bloody attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville

Sophomore Alex Hribal allegedly brandished two knives in a bloody attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville

NEW YORK – The suspect who injured up to 22 people and left five students in critical condition following a stabbing spree on Wednesday at a high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been named as 16-year-old sophomore, Alex Hribal. 

Hribal allegedly brandished two large knives in the bloody attack as he darted between several classrooms and down a hallway at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, a typically peaceful community about 30 km east of Pittsburgh.

Witnesses said the boy, who was wearing a “blank expression” on his face, stabbed randomly whoever stood in his path as he ran down the school hall.

Twenty-one students and an adult security guard were wounded, officials said. The teen was finally tackled by an assistant principal and a security guard, who were able to subdue him until police arrived.

A motive was not immediately known but police said they were investigating reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.

After the attack some of the victims were medically treated by their teachers at the school before being taken to the hospital. Other wounded students were taken to hospitals nearby.

Hribal was charged Wednesday night with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

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