The Latest: Vigil scheduled for California stabbing victims

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Posted: Nov 06, 2015 5:55 PM
The Latest: Vigil scheduled for California stabbing victims

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

2:45 p.m.

Students at a California university have scheduled a candlelight vigil for 4 people stabbed and wounded by a freshman this week.

The vigil starts at 5 p.m. Friday at the University of California, Merced. Students organized the "I Stand with UC Merced" vigil to show their support of the victims.

Authorities say 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara, California, burst into a classroom with a hunting knife Wednesday morning after being kicked out of a study group. He stabbed people there and as he fled the building.

Pursuing police later shot him dead.

The four victims are expected to survive.

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10:25 a.m.

Classes have resumed at a California university two days after a freshman student stabbed and wounded four people.

University of California, Merced, Chancellor Dorothy Leland welcomed back students Friday with a message to "practice kindness" and offer support to one another.

Authorities say 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara, California, burst into a classroom with a hunting knife Wednesday morning after being kicked out of a study group. He stabbed people there and as he fled the building.

Pursuing police later shot him dead. The four victims are expected to survive.

The classroom where the stabbings took place and an adjacent classroom still are closed as part of the investigation.

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9:05 a.m.

A witness says the student who stabbed four people at a California university was shot and killed after lunging at a police officer.

Meghan Christopherson, a 19-year-old sophomore, tells the Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/1laELdU ) that an officer was chasing 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad when the University of California, Merced, freshman suddenly stopped to face the officer.

She says Mohammad began walking toward the officer. The officer backed up, repeatedly telling Mohammad to get on the ground. She says the officer kept asking Mohammad if he wanted to get shot.

When Mohammad lunged, a frightened Christopherson ran away. She heard two shots and turned to see the officer standing over Mohammad's body.

She says it all took less than a couple of minutes.

Authorities say Mohammad stabbed four people, who are recovering.