Multiple Stabbing at Pennsylvania High School: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, has left several people injured, some severely. The suspect, 16-year-old Alex Hribal is in custody.

The school is located about 17 miles from Pittsburgh.

Here’s what we know so far:

1. 20 People Were Injured in the Attack

VIDEO! Alex Hribal, Franklin Regional mass stabbing Police Scanner Dispatch Audio, Stabbing SuspectPart 2 of this audio: Franklin Regional High School – Murrysville, PA Westmoreland County Possible suspects name is 16 year old "Alex Hribal" — County records list a "Harold and Tina Hribal" , Sunflower Court, Murrysville, PA Audio Provided by Broadcastify2014-04-09T15:58:36.000Z

NBC Washington reported victims range in age from 15 to 60. However, AP initially reported that all of those injured were between the ages of 14 and 17. After some confusion, the police finally confirmed that one of the 20 people injured was a faculty member, identified as the school security guard. You can here the full 911 call to authorities above.

Some of those injured did not suffer stab wounds.

CBS Pittsburgh reports that of the 20 injured, nine have been hospitalized.

2. Student Alex Hribal Is in Custody

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Hribal is in custody and is being questioned by the authorities, reports the AP. WPXI reports that he is a sophomore at the high school.


3. At Least 9 People Have Been Transported to Nearby Hospitals


According to CBS Pittsburgh, nine people have been transported to local hospitals. Officials at Forbes Hospital say the hospital has received eight victims. One was flown to Allegheny General Hospital, two were sent to UPMC Presby, one was sent to UPMC East, one to Children’s, and one to UPMC Mercy.

Although CBS Pittsburgh is reporting that only four of those injuries are considered “serious, WPXI reporter Peggy Finnegan all are expected to survive. Most of the injuries sustained were puncture wounds to the trunk and torso. Three of the victims are already undergoing surgery.


4. School Was About to Begin During the Attack


According to CBS Pittsburgh, the school resource officer called in the incident at 7:13 a.m. local time. At that time, students were entering the school for the day’s classes. That was when, according to witness reports, Hribal began running through the halls and into classrooms wielding two knives and stabbing people.

5. The Assistant Principal Wrestled The Knife Away

According to witness reports and a number of grateful students on Twitter, the assistant principal helped wrestle the suspect to the ground and get his knives away from him.


There is also one reported instance in which a student applied pressure to another person’s bleeding wound while they waited for authorities.

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