Over 20 Injured in Murraysville Stabbing

04.10.14 | FL News Team

One adult and 21 students were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville Wednesday morning.  Two other students were injured in the incident, officials said.Police said Alex Hribal, 16, ran through the school, slashing or stabbing students with two 8-inch steak knives.  The motive is under investigation.
Dressed in scrubs and socks, Hribal was arraigned and jailed without bail.  Police said he was wearing scrubs because he was treated at a hospital for lacerations to his hand.Hribal is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.  Authorities said he will be prosecuted as an adult.
“They (Hribal’s family) offer their condolences.  They’re very upset.  They did not foresee this coming.  This is a nice, young man.  He has never been in trouble.  He’s not a loner.  He works well with other kids at school,” said defense attorney Pat Thomassey. The attack happened just after 7 a.m., according to police.
“School was in session and students were arriving for morning classes. It happened in numerous classrooms and the hallways," Westmoreland County Emergency Management spokesman Dan Stevens said.
Emergency officials said they got a call about the stabbings at 7:13 a.m.
"The Murrysville Police Department arrived at the scene.  We saw victims in the grass area outside," said Police Chief Tom Seefeld.  "We saw a hallway of chaos, blood on the floors and students running about."
Officers said Assistant Principal Sam King tackled the suspect, likely stopping him from doing more harm.
“I was in the school, and I came down the stairs, and I saw the kid.  Mr. King was yelling at him, and I didn’t know why.  I saw him stab Sarge, the officer.   We both jumped on top of him (suspect) and immobilized him,” said student Ian Griffith.
"Just prior to our arrival, Sam King did a role that was admirable.  Sam was able to tackle the suspect," said Seefeld.
King reportedly lives on the same street as Hribal.  Griffith said he didn’t know Hribal.
Police said the injured school officer called 911, and student Nate Scimio reportedly pulled the fire alarm.
“While he was being stabbed, he went and pulled the alarm and got stabbed again,” said student Christian Manka.
“I was sitting at the cafeteria with some of my friends, and a girl came in.  Her hand, you could see veins and muscles. The fire alarm went off.  Someone came in and said, ‘Someone has a knife.’  We made sure the one who got cut got out and got help,” said student Josh Carney.
Stevens said 21 of the students stabbed are between 14 and 17 years old.  Two other students were injured during the incident but weren't stabbed.   The adult who was stabbed, a school security guard, is also a Murrysville police officer. Four people suffered serious wounds.   Doctors expect everyone to survive