The University of California Merced student who stabbed four people on Wednesday was identified on Thursday as Faisal Mohammad, a Muslim freshman from Santa Clara.
The 18-year-old Computer Science and Engineering major was identified as the attacker by Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke to the local paperMerced Sun-Star.
The sheriff said investigators, including from the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security, are still trying to determine the motive of the Muslim student's stabbing . Little is known about Mohammad other than that his 18th birthday came in late October.
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In the attack Wednesday, Mohammad wounded two students, a female student adviser and a construction worker who was taking part in a remodeling project on campus; the wounds of all four were defined as non-life-threatening.
One student remained hospitalized Thursday morning but is expected to recover, and the other wounded student has already been released. The student adviser suffered a from her wounds, but is recovering after a successful surgery according to a university spokesperson. The construction worker was treated at a hospital and later released.
In the attack, Mohammad entered a second-floor classroom as a class began while armed with a large hunting knife. He stabbed a male student, before 31-year-old construction worker Byron Price, who was in a nearby room, went to intervene and got cut around the waist. Co-workers drove him to hospital for treatment.
Sheriff Warnke praised Price's actions, saying, "without him, the first victim could have been a lot worse off, or even dead."
Mohammad then apparently left the building where he stabbed another male student outside, and then attacked the female student adviser as she sat on a bench, stabbing her twice.
At that point two university police officers arrived, chasing the Muslim attacker to a bridge on campus where he was shot dead.
One officer was give an automatic three-day leave from the department, which the local paper said is standard protocol in "officer-involved shootings."
Classes were for the of the day and remained canceled on Thursday, although they are to resume Friday.