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Five students stabbed at a California university, attacker killed

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Students leave the University of California, Merced campus after it was placed on lockdown following a stabbing in Merced, California today.

MERCED, California (AP):

An assailant stabbed five people as students headed to class at a rural university campus in central California before police shot and killed him, authorities said today.

All the victims attacked at the University of California, Merced, were conscious when paramedics reached them, Assistant Vice Chancellor Patti Waid said.

Two of them were taken by helicopter to a hospital, but their conditions weren't immediately known, officials said.

Three of the victims had injuries that were minor enough for them to be treated on campus, Waid said.

Campus officials say some, but not all, of the victims are students.