At least 14 people have been wounded in a mass stabbing after a lone man dressed in black reportedly ran amok at a Texan community college – running up and down hallways randomly knifing students.
A student is in custody after the stabbing rampage at the Cypress campus of Lone Star College, northwest of Houston, according to police.
Two of the injured are in critical condition after the attack.
At least 14 people have been wounded in a mass stabbing after a man ran amok at Lone Star College in Houston
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said police first received an emergency call from the school shortly after 11:00 local time.
Based on video evidence, police said they were not looking for a second suspect.
The campus has been evacuated and will be closed for the rest of the day as police investigate.
Earlier, a county spokesman said there had been a report that the suspect was wrestled to the ground by a student, then arrested by police.
The suspect is approximately 21 years old and a student at Lone Star, Sheriff Garcia said.
Harris County spokesman Thomas Gilliland said the suspect went from “building to building” during the attack.
Thomas Gilliland said the attacker was believed to have been armed with a knife or a pencil.
One student told local broadcaster KHOU another student had been stabbed in a hallway in the school’s health sciences building.
Of the 14 that were injured at the college, two refused medical attention and four were brought by helicopter to hospital.
A different Lone Star campus was the site of a shooting in January which left two people wounded.
A 22-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault in that case.
Hundreds of people in the U.S. have mysteriously developed meat allergy over the last few months.
And this rash of meat allergies, currently sweeping the East Coast of America, appears to have been caused by one single, little species of tick.
The lone star tick (Amblyomma Americanum), which is named for the tiny white spot on its back, may look harmless, and only causes a tiny little prick on your skin – but what follows next is a complete and potentially life-long, aversion to meat.
Dr. Scott Commins, the assistant professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, said the animals’ saliva trickles into the wound and causes the violent reaction – which can cause potentially deadly allergic reactions.
He said: “People will eat beef and then anywhere from three to six hours later start having a reaction; anything from hives to full-blown anaphylactic shock.
“And most people want to avoid having the reaction, so they try to stay away from the food that triggers it.”
The lone star tick (Amblyomma Americanum) only causes a tiny little prick on your skin, but what follows next is a complete and potentially life-long, aversion to meat
He said he had seen about 400 cases, of which 90% of the patients had a history of tick bites.
Studies are now being carried out to confirm that the theory and Dr. Scott Commins added: “It’s hard to prove – We’re still searching for the mechanism.”
Dr. Scott Commins plans to research into the effects of the tick saliva on the human body’s natural antibodies for alpha-gel, which is contained in red meat, lamb and pork.
He said the antibodies in the blood rise after lone star tick bites – and hopefully experiments will prove this is the mechanisms causing the allergies.
Allergies usually first appear in children and rarely start in adults. The most common allergies include peanuts and pet hair.
But for adults who have been meat-eaters all their lives, suddenly developing this allergy could be difficult.
Dr. Scott Commins added: “Some people are totally destroyed. Others say: <<maybe I’m better off without it>>.”