On Wednesday, four people were stabbed at the University of California at Merced campus just before 8 am. The campus is located 100 miles west of San Jose. The stabbing victims included college students as well as university faculty. Two of the victims are in critical condition.
Although the suspect was shot by police around 9:30 am bringing an end to the attack, his identity was not fully released until Thursday morning. All day on Wednesday, although his identity was known, the public was only told that the suspect was a student at the college and lived on campus. Finally Thursday morning, his identity was revealed. Could who this person was be the reason for the delay in identifying him?
According to KRON, the suspect in the stabbing has been identified as 18-year old Faisal Mohammad from Santa Clara, California. No further information regarding Mohammad has been released, though police say that it is unclear what his motive was. The weapon used is described as an 8 to 10 inch hunting knife.
Is this simply giving Mohammad the benefit of the doubt or is this naivety, or possibly simply hiding the truth, another indication of the refusal of both government officials and law enforcement to admit that there is jihad being committed in America by Muslims who have the goal to kill the infidel. For the radical Muslim, no further motive is needed.
The search for answers continues with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security also investigating.
One of the victims, 31-year old contractor Byron Price, is being hailed a hero by many for his actions during the attack. After hearing screaming near the area he was working, Price went to investigate and encountered Mohammad, who then proceeded to attack him.
In speaking with CBS Fresno, Price shared that he could feel the blade of the knife go all the way to his bone. But, he fought back. In describing how he fought back, Price said, “I just kind of kicked at him. It was a really big knife and he was swinging it down so I figured if I was on the ground and my feet were at him, he could get my legs and not my body. And it turned out, it worked.”
The entire experience has also made him rethink concealed carry on campus. Perhaps if someone had been carrying, Mohammad would have been stopped long before police arrived and four people would not have been injured.
In speaking about his encounter with Mohammad, Price said the one thing that really disturbed him in the midst of the attack is that Mohammad was smiling. Price shared, he [Mohammad] “had a smile on his face, he was having fun – which is more what bothers me.”
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke praised the actions of Price as heroic. He contended, “I really believe he’s a hero here. 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.”