The Harris County Sheriff’s Office got the first call shortly after 11 a.m.
“The call was described as ‘male on the loose stabbing people. White male, black hat, black and white shirt.’”
Sheriff Adrian Garcia says the suspect was subdued by faculty and students before police arrived to arrest him. The suspect is about 21 years old and enrolled at Lone Star College.
Nallely Gallegos says she got to the campus around 11:20 and saw the suspect being tackled by a group of students.
“He wasn’t running, he was just walking. That’s the weird thing. And then a guy was chasing him and just tackled him down, and then other students were like, what happened? And then the other kid was like, well, he just stabbed some people in the health center.”
She says her business management teacher had previously taught the suspect in a class.
“She was telling us, he’s a great kid and he participates in class and, you know, he’s a good kid.”
Another student, Michael Chalfan, says he saw the stabber being tackled and recognized him as a former student of a drama class that he taught about a year ago as a teacher’s aide. Other students didn’t want to practice scenes with him, so Chalfan would step in and partner up with him.
“I tried to help him out. He was a nice guy but he was just kind of out there.”
For example, he says, he used to carry a stuffed animal around campus.
Law enforcement would not confirm the suspect’s identity, saying the incident is still under active investigation and the suspect not yet charged. Sheriff Garcia also says it’s not yet clear what type of weapon the suspect used to stab the victims and if the victims were students or college staff.
Of the 14 victims, four had to be life-flighted to area hospitals, two in critical condition, four in fair condition and two declined treatment.
The campus was locked down for several hours and classes canceled for the remainder of the day.