Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mohammed stabs 4 people — UC Merced chancellor says it's definitely NOT terrorism

Faisal Mohammad
(LAT) A stabbing rampage at UC Merced did not appear to be motivated by politics or religion and is not being considered a terrorist act, university and law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Authorities named Faisal Mohammad, 18, of Santa Clara, as the assailant who was shot and killed by campus police after stabbing four people, including two fellow students. Mohammad was a freshman computer science and engineering student.

“We have no reason to believe that this was in any way related to terrorism,” UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland said at a news conference at the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. “It would be irresponsible to draw such conclusions based solely on the ethnicity of the suspect.”


'He had far greater intentions to do damage': Police reveal twisted college freshman who stabbed four on campus had a backpack containing petroleum jelly, handcuffs and night vision goggles
  • Student from Santa Clara went on rampage at UC Merced on Wednesday
  • The attack happened shortly before 8am PT at the Sacramento campus
  • He was shot dead by police before 9.30am, officials confirmed
  • The victims included two students, a staff member and a contract worker
  • A Twitter account linked to ISIS later praised the attack - although police say 'there's nothing to indicate any political or religious motivation'
  • Mohammad's roommate said he was anti-social and didn't talk to anyone
  • A witness said bomb squad made a controlled explosion near the scene