NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:40 PM
Faisal Mohammad was shot after a stabbing spree on the University of California at Merced campus.
The deranged 18-year-old student who stabbed four people at a California college Wednesday has been identified as witnesses say he grinned during his knife attack.
Authorities said Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara was behind the morning stabbing spree at the University of California, Merced, though the madman’s motive is still unclear.
The knife wielding freshman was studying computer science and engineering at the school, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said Thursday.
He beamed as he burst into a second-floor classroom with a hunting blade that was at least 8-inches long and stabbed two people about 8 a.m., according to authorities and a witness who is being hailed a hero for stopping the attack.
“He had a smile on his face,” Byron Price, 31, told CBS Fresno. “He was having fun, which is more what bothers me. And like I said, I don’t understand. He was a student there — to make it that far into a university and throw it all away.”
Authorities say Price, a construction worker, put a stop to the violent spree when he ran into the room and distracted the assailant who had already knifed two students.
“I really believe he’s a hero here,” Warnke said. “I think he prevented this first student from dying. The cops on campus, oh my gosh, praise them because they stopped a threat, but this first guy, he stopped a death.”
A Merced County Sheriff officer tells University of California, Merced student Daniel Neff, 21, of Long Beach, to turn around after he tried to enter the campus which is on lockdown following a stabbing in Merced, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
Price, who was stabbed during his daring intervention, is recovering. He and the other three victims are expected to survive.
Mohammad fled the room, flew down two flights of stairs and then knifed a school employee who was sitting on a bench outside, Warnke said.
He was shot dead by campus cops after a chase that led to a nearby foot bridge.
The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are investigating, school officials said.
With News Wire Services