Attacker stabs four people at college in Columbus, Ohio

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Posted: Mar 14, 2012 3:58 PM
Attacker stabs four people at college in Columbus, Ohio

By Kim Palmer

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An attacker stabbed four people at a college in downtown Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, critically wounding three of them before a police officer shot and wounded the attacker, a police spokesman said.

Columbus police spokesman Sergeant Rich Weiner told reporters that three knives were found at the scene of the attacks, one inside the building and two outside. His remarks were broadcast live on the website of Columbus television station WBNS.

Three of the people in critical condition were taken to Grand Medical Center in Columbus, according to spokesman Colin Yoder.

"The officer shot and stopped the individual from doing more harm," local Fraternal Order of Police President Sergeant Jim Gilbert told Reuters Wednesday.

Weiner said that two people from Miami-Jacobs Career College were stabbing victims -- but he could not say whether they were students or workers. No one could be reached for comment at the college Wednesday. Two other individuals were stabbed in the lobby area.

"We don't know what the motive was behind the attacks," Weiner said. He said the initial attack occurred in the admissions office, and from there led into the lobby.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski and Kim Palmer; Editing by Greg McCune and Cynthia Johnston)