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Student Charged In Stabbing Spree At Louisiana Tech University



A student has been charged with four counts of attempted second-degree murder in connection with a stabbing spree at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston on Monday, officials said.
Jacoby Johnson, a senior, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and charged with four counts of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing four students Monday morning.
Louisiana Tech University Police received a report of a stabbing at the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center at approximately 9:08 a.m., and had Johnson in custody at approximately 9:12 a.m., the university said.
The attack took place outside the building as students were leaving, the university said. One graduate student was airlifted to Shreveport. The three other victims were not students, according to the university. Two were transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center and one refused treatment.
One victim at NLMC was in critical condition Monday, while the other two victims were in serious but stable condition, the university said.
“In the wake of this unsettling incident, our hearts go out to those impacted most directly,” Louisiana Tech President Les Guice said in a statement.
“Our immediate focus is on those affected by todays violence. While were grateful for the timely care being provided to the victims, we understand the shock and worry that may linger on campus and in the community. The University will continue to make safety a priority, Guice said. Please know that you can and should be willing to give and receive compassion and support as needed during this time. I encourage you to rely on the bonds of the Tech community as we grieve and heal.”
A community prayer vigil hosted by the Black Student Union was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. A campus blood drive was scheduled Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. outside Tolliver Hall.
TMX contributed to this article.