Lone Star stabbing witness: I heard screams
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 02:04
Ayodele Ilesanmi was in the hallway filling his water bottle between classes at Lone Star College Cy-Fair when he heard screams rip through the halls.
Suddenly, two administrators pulled him into a downstairs office of the Health Science Center where he confronted two girls with gashes dug into their neck.
Student Dylan Andrew Quick was soon accused for wielding the knife that stabbed the two women and 12 other students, according to Harris County Sheriff’s office.
Quick was charged with three counts of aggravated assault after admitting to investigators he had fantasized stabbing people to death since elementary school and has planned the incident for some time.
According to KHOU the victims were taken to Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute and the North Cypress Medical center were treated and released the same day and Wednesday morning. Four victims are still being treated in the hospital.
Pieces of the scalpel blade were found in at least one victim and around the area where the stabbings occurred, police say.
Quick was brought down from students tracking him through the north side of the Lone Star campus where he was apprehended by Harris County police four minutes after his first victim.
Ilesanmi said he saw Quick outside the Health Science Center before being pulled into an office.
Students tackled Quick and instantly Tweeted pictures and posted photos of him on Instagram.
“We pushed him down,’’ student Steve Maida told Jay Gray on NBC’s TODAY Wednesday. “As soon as he knew he was caught (he said), ‘I give up. I give up.’ I just sat on top of him and was like, ‘Why? Why did you do this?’’’
Although an alert notice was posted on the school’s website, many students became aware of the incident through social media venues such as Twitter and Facebook as well as texting.
“I actually didn’t see anything. I was in class when I heard about it,” student Vincent Aleman said. “I found out about the incident on Twitter. People were updating about the stabbing.”
Buildings were evacuated around noon once officials confirmed there only one suspect but the campus remained on lockdown for the remainder of the day. Classes resumed Wednesday morning
Tuesday’s incident continued the gun debate involving concealed handguns on college campuses.
“So if someone had brought a gun to the knife fight in #TX, maybe there wouldn’t have been so many hurt #LonestarStabbing #tcoc #2A #NRA,” Twitter user Christy Waters (@ThatChristyChic) tweeted.
According to the Houston Chronicle, individuals are debating the inclusion of background checks for knife purchases. Lone Star students who appeared on CNN show host Pierce Morgan complained about the restriction of concealed handguns on the campus, and suggested students who are certified to carry concealed weapons on campus.
The incident at the Cypress location is the second incident in the last two months for Lone Star Colleges. Trey Foster allegedly injured three students in January at the North Harris location.