By John Olivares
A male student who stabbed four people at the University of California Merced was shot and killed by campus police on Wednesday.
Among the victims were two students, a faculty member and a vendor.
Two were transported via helicopter while the rest were treated on campus. All are expected to recover.
“I’m sad and terrified because I would never have expected such an event to happen at our school,” UC Merced student Juan Lopez, said.
The campus community was first notified via the universities’s text based alert system to stay away from the Classroom and Office Building where the stabbing happened. Classes were cancelled and the campus was closed. The school will also be closed tomorrow.
“If it wasn’t for my friend running late we would have been on campus close to where the event took place,” Lopez, said.
The FBI and the Merced County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the investigation.
Counseling and psychological services are available to students and faculty affected by the event.
“A college campus in many ways is thought to be a haven for studying and academic learning. It breaks the barrier when things like this happen,” Santa Ana College President Erlinda Martinez, said.