Twenty people were wounded Wednesday morning in a stabbing rampage at a high school in Western Pennsylvania, officials said. Four students were reported in critical condition.
A 16-year-old student was in custody following the attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The victims included 19 students and a security guard, officials said,
Dan Stevens, Westmoreland County’s deputy emergency management coordinator, said the student victims included range in age from 14 to 17. Four were airlifted to area hospitals in serious condition.
He said a school security officer called 911 at 7:13 a.m. to call for medical help. The rampage unfolded before school started and as students were arriving for the day, Stevens said.
A girl reportedly pulled a fire alarm to evacuate the school when she saw what was happening.
Although parents were asked to stay away, they converged on the school seeking information.
The school district said all students were moved to a secure location at a nearby Middle School.