22 stabbed, 2 others hurt in Franklin Regional High School stabbing rampage

One adult and 21 students were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville Wednesday morning.

The suspect has been identified Alex Hribal, 16. Authorities say he will be charged as an adult.

Police said charges will include attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Hribal is expected to be arraigned Wednesday night.

Hribal was in hospital scrubs as he was put into a police car. Police said that’s because he was treated at a hospital for lacerations to his hand.
Police said Hribal ran through the school, slashing or stabbing students with two 8-inch steak knives. The motive is under investigation.

Police said the attack started happened just after 7 a.m. Witnesses said the teenager had a “blank look” during the attack.
Emergency officials said they got a call about the incident at 7:13 a.m.
“The Murrsyville Police Department arrived at the scene. We saw victims in the grass area outside,” said Police Chief Tom Seefeld. “We saw a hallway of chaos, blood on the floors and students running about.”

“School was in session and students were arriving for morning classes. It happened in numerous classrooms and the hallways,” Westmoreland County Emergency Management spokesman Dan Stevens said.

Officers said a school principal tackled the suspect, likely stopping him from doing more harm.

“I was in the school, and I came down the stairs, and I saw the kid. Mr. (Sam) King was yelling at him, and I didn’t know why. I saw him stab Sarge, the officer. We both jumped on top of him (suspect) and immobilized him,” said student Ian Griffith.

Assistant Principal Sam King reportedly lives on the same street as Hribal. Griffith said he didn’t know Hribal.
“Just prior to our arrival, Sam King did a role that was admirable. Sam was able to tackle the suspect,” said Seefeld.

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