Student who stabbed 4 People in Merced, shot dead

 

A student armed with a hunting knife stabbed four people on Wednesday before he was shot dead by campus police at the University of California, Merced, in the heart of the state's Central Valley, law enforcement and school officials said.

The four victims - two students, a campus employee and a construction worker credited with helping prevent more bloodshed - were taken to hospitals for treatment, two by helicopter, though all are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

The identity of the suspect, a student in his early 20s who lived on campus, was not being publicly released until his next of kin were notified, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke told a news conference hours later.

Authorities offered no explanation of a possible motive for the rampage.

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