The Latest: Campus assailant planned to steal police guns

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Posted: Nov 05, 2015 9:57 PM
The Latest: Campus assailant planned to steal police guns

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the stabbings on the University of California, Merced, campus (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

A college freshman angered over his eviction from a study group planned to kill a police officer, steal a gun and shoot those who had evicted him, according to a document found on his body after police shot him dead.

The Merced County Sheriff's Department said 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad wrote a two-page plan of revenge on those who had kicked him out of the study group. Police shot Mohammad dead on Wednesday after he stabbed four people on the University of California, Merced campus.

The document was found during Mohammad's autopsy Thursday.

Mohammad planned to use plastic ties to bind students' hands to their desks in his Wednesday morning class and then call police with a fake distress call. He then planned to ambush the responding officers and take their guns.

Instead, his attack on the class was foiled almost from the start. The four people he stabbed are expected to survive their injuries.

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6:20 p.m.

A college freshman went on a stabbing rampage on a Northern California college campus after being kicked out of a study group, police said.

The Merced County Sheriff's Department said it found the document written by 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad discussing his ejection from the study group at the University of California, Merced during an autopsy Thursday. Police shot and killed Mohammad Wednesday morning after he stabbed two students and two others during a morning rampage on campus.

Sheriff Verne Warnke said the document contained names of students he sought to harm and other violent musings.

Warnke said Mohammad made several references to the Muslim god Allah, but he doesn't believe the violence Wednesday was connected to religion or terrorism. Warnke said Mohammed had detailed plans to wreak havoc but had little means to carry out his violent plan.

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1:50 p.m.

Authorities say the stabbing of four people at a California university was not related to terrorism.

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland said in a statement Thursday that personal animosities, not a political agenda, motivated 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad. She says Mohammad was a student in the class he attacked Wednesday, but authorities didn't know if he targeted someone in particular.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said at a news conference that a bomb squad recovered Mohammad's backpack, which contained items including petroleum jelly. He described the substance as a "poor man's C-4," a military-grade explosive.

He says there was a handwritten list of items to put in the backpack, and officials recovered them all except for scissors. Police shot and killed Mohammed.

Warnke says there was nothing to indicate Mohammad would lash out violently.

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12:40 p.m.

A student who shared an on-campus suite with a fellow freshman who stabbed four people at a California university described him as quiet and anti-social.

Andrew Velasquez tells Fresno news station KFSN-TV (http://abc30.tv/1NvaHo7 ) that he was asleep in his dorm room at the University of California, Merced, when police burst in Wednesday morning.

Police had shot and killed 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad but were investigating when they went to search the suite shared by four people.

Velasquez says Mohammad would ignore him if he tried to talk to him and never walked to class with anyone.

The four victims are expected to recover.

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11:30 a.m.

A high school friend of the student who stabbed four people at a central California university says Faisal Mohammad was a great guy.

Ish Patel said Thursday that he met Mohammad in middle school in Santa Clara and was close friends with him throughout high school, but the two lost touch after graduation. He says he was shocked to hear Mohammad was involved in the stabbings.

Authorities say Mohammad burst into a classroom at the University of California, Merced, and stabbed two students Wednesday. He stabbed a construction worker who intervened then ran from the building and knifed a school employee sitting on a bench. Police shot and killed him.

Patel says Mohammad was friendly and loved basketball, going to the mosque to pray and playing video games with his friends. He said Mohammad was smart and got good grades.

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11:20 a.m.

A victim says the university freshman who stabbed and wounded four people on his California campus attacked with a smile on his face.

Byron Price, the 31-year-old constructor worker credited with saving at least one life by rushing into a classroom, said the attacker approached him with a smile.

Price said told the Merced Sun-Star (http://tinyurl.com/p79mf92 ) that it appeared the attacker was having fun. Price said he had a strange look in his eyes and was smiling.

Price says he was stabbed but managed to kick the charging attacker, identified as 18-year-old freshman Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara, California.

Police shot and killed Mohammad.

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10:40 a.m.

A construction worker called a hero for rushing into a classroom where an 18-year-old was stabbing students says the attacker charged at him with a large knife.

Byron Price tells Fresno news station KSEE-TV (http://bit.ly/1XSY2ON ) that he opened the classroom door at the University of California, Merced, thinking he was going to break up a fistfight. He says those inside shouted at him to run.

Price says he kicked at the charging attacker, identified as freshman Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara, California.

Price was stabbed in the side but says he was able to drive himself to a nearby hospital. He plans to head back to work on campus, where he was helping remodel a waiting room.

Authorities say Mohammad wounded three people before campus police shot and killed him.

The school says a student remained hospitalized Thursday, and a staff member who suffered a collapsed lung was recovering after surgery.

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This item has been corrected to show the TV station's is KSEE, not KREE.

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7:40 a.m.

Authorities say the student who stabbed and wounded four people at the University of California, Merced, was an 18-year-old freshman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

University spokesman James Leonard on Thursday identified 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara, California, as the attacker who burst into a classroom with a hunting knife. He was shot and killed by campus police Wednesday after he ran from the building.

Police say Mohammad may have killed his intended target if not for the intervention of a construction worker who ran into the classroom to break up what he thought was a fight.

Leonard said all the victims are expected to recover. Authorities didn't release their names.