UPDATE, 4:50 p.m. ET: UC Merced said in an afternoon update that four students, not five, were stabbed in the Wednesday incident. All are expected to recover.
CORRECTION: 4 stabbed: 2 students, 1 staff member, 1 vendor. All expected to recover.— UC Merced (@UC Merced) 1446673587.0
Update: Campus will be closed tomorrow. It remains an active crime scene. Please take advantage of available counseling services.— UC Merced (@UC Merced) 1446673424.0
The University of California, Merced, campus was closed and placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after several students were stabbed by a suspect who was later shot and killed by police.
According to the university's emergency preparedness website, the stabbing was first reported just after 8 a.m. local time as happening near the Classroom and Office Building. Less than 20 minutes later, website updated that the suspect was apprehended.
In total, five students were listed as stabbing victims. All were conscious at the time, but two were sent to local hospitals via a helicopter. The other three were treated on campus, according to the university.
The university stated that the suspect, who was not yet named but described as a male, was shot by police and died later as a result of his injuries.
The incident happened in front of the Classroom and Office Building, according to the university.
Classes were cancelled and officials were advising people to stay away from the campus for the remainder of the day.