1 dead and several hurt in University of Texas stabbings, authorities say

A student with a large hunting knife stabbed at least four people Monday on the University of Texas campus, killing one and seriously wounding the others before surrendering to police, authorities said.

There was no immediate word about a motive.

Student Rachel Prichett said she was standing in line at a food truck outside a gym when she saw a man with a knife resembling a machete approach the person standing behind her.

“The guy was standing next to me,” Prichett said. “He grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved the knife in it. I just started running as fast as I could.”

Police identified the suspect as Kendrex J. White, 21.

University Police Chief David Carter described the weapon as a bowie-style hunting knife. He said the stabbings occurred within a one-block area as the attacker “calmly walked around the plaza.”

Another student, Ray Arredondo, said he was walking to his car when a mass of students near the gym started running.

“They were just screaming, `Run! Get out of here!’” Arredondo said.

One person died near the gym. The others were taken to a hospital. There were reports of additional victims with non-life-threatening injuries, according to tweets from Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

The attacker did not resist when officers confronted him at gunpoint, Carter said.

The University of Texas is blocks from downtown Austin and the state Capitol and is one of the nation's largest universities.

White was an active member of the Black Health Professionals Organization, a student group on campus, said Melody Adindu, its new president. She said White was passionate about his work and was “very interactive and easygoing.”

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UPDATES:

8:45 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details including the suspect’s name.

This article was originally published at 1:20 p.m.

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