Such a scary, tragic day at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Penn. 19 students and one adult were injured on April 9 when a student walked into school and began stabbing people. The suspect has now been ID’d as Alex Hribal.
Alex Hribal, 16, appeared as a “pretty normal kid,” according to other students at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. However, he was far from it on April 9 when he entered the high school about 20 miles from Pittsburgh, Penn. with two knives. Four students are in serious condition while three are in critical condition, and Alex was reportedly charged as an adult with one count of carrying a weapon on school property, four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault, WPXI reported.
Alex Hribal: Penn. High School Stabber Identified
“The juvenile went down a hallway and was flashing two knives around and injured the people,” Murrysville, Police Chief Thomas Seefeld, told reporters.
“The name of the actor is Alex Hribal, they are not sure of the location,” the dispatcher said on a recording, which was later uploaded to YouTube. KDKA-TV CBS Pittsburgh confirmed that Alex was the suspect.
Assistant principal of the school, Sam King, tackled Alex, a sophomore, to the ground in the hallway after he reportedly went from classroom to classroom stabbing anyone around. This went on for about five minutes, witnesses told CNN.
“So proud of Mr. King Franklin. He was truly a special place with amazing students and staff,” one student said, according to WTAE. “Mr. King was always my hero since 7 years old,” another added.
Alex’s Facebook page doesn’t have much content, and not much is known about the young student, except that he lives on Sunflower Ct. in Murrysville, Pa. KTDA confirms that the student was transported from the Murrysville Police Department to a local hospital for non-serious flesh wounds, then was released and returned to the police station.
The victims, included a security guard stabbed in the stomach, and a boy who was stabbed in the chest, the wound barely missing his aorta, Dr. Louis Alarcon of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hosptial said.
Murrysville, Penn: The City Speaks Out
Mayor Brooks, Chief Seefeld, and Dr. Piriano will speak at a press conference between 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Governor Tom Corbett issued the statement below:
I was shocked and saddened upon learning of the events that occurred this morning as students arrived at Franklin Regional High School. As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families.
I have directed the Pennsylvania State Police to assist local law enforcement in its investigation in any way possible. Other state resources will be made available to the community, if needed. I assure the citizens of Murrysville that they have the full support of my administration.
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— Emily Longeretta