The first reports that something was terribly wrong on the Cy-Fair Campus of the Lone Star College system came via social media. A tweet around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday that there had been a stabbing on campus. Moments later, the calls started flooding into 911 that multiple people on the campus had been stabbed. It appeared that the suspect was attacking people at random with some sort of weapon.
Law enforcement officials confirmed to FOX 26 News that Dylan Quick, a 20-year-old student at Lone Star College-CyFair, is undergoing a psychological evaluation in the Harris County jail. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on no bond.
Quick is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Sheriff's department officials say the instrument used by Quick to stab and cut the victims was a razor utility knife. There were pieces of blade in at least one victim, broken blade pieces in the area where the cutting occurred, and the handle to a razor-type knife was found in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested.
The sheriff's department says that according to a statement that Quick voluntarily gave investigators, he had fantasized about stabbing people since he was 8 years old. He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for "some time," but Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said those were his words and did not know how long he had been planning the attacks.
Quick appeared to target his victims randomly.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is searching through the hard drive of Quick's personal computer after investigators received a tip that he may have talked about the attack ahead time in an unnamed chat room.
HCSO investigators examined reliable surveillance video to determine that there was only one attacker. The attacks took place on the first and second floors of the Health Science Center at LSC.
From first witness accounts, it was chaotic. Some students report seeing fellow students stabbed in front of them. Those students ran into nearby classrooms asking for anyone to call 911.
One picture tweeted to @myfoxhouston showed a classroom with tables and chairs pushed in front of the doors as a makeshift barricade. The first 911 calls indicated five stabbing victims, however as emergency crews started arriving that number quickly started to grow to more than a dozen.
HCSO investigators have confirmed that the first 911 call about the incident was reported at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday.
Lone Star College first released an emergency alert at 11:13 a.m and Quick was in custody by 11:17 a.m.
Four victims with severe stab wounds to the face and neck were taken by Life Flight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medial Center, a level 1 trauma center. Two other victims were taken to the same hospital by ambulance.
Six people were taken by ground ambulance to North Cypress Medical Center and all were later released.
Of the five remaining patients at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, three were discharged while two remain in good condition.
In a statement released before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez with Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center said two patients remained in critical condition and three others have been upgraded to good condition, one of whom was discharged.
A spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff's Office says the suspect tried to run from the scene but he was chased down and tackled by several students. Those students detained the suspect until campus police arrived. The campus was quickly locked down while campus police and Harris County Sheriff's officers went classroom to classroom searching for more possible suspects. As a precaution, Cy-Fair Independent School District "secured" 7 near by elementary and middle schools which the search for a possible second suspect was conducted. After about two hours, Harris County Sheriff's Office determined that there was not a second suspect and started slowly releasing students from the class. The students were only allowed to exit from a few certain areas and their cars had to be searched first.
Quick was dropped off on Tuesday morning by his mother at the Harris County Public Library located on campus. He was described as a good student who worked in the library for almost a year.
Investigators say library co-workers had nothing but positive things to say about Quick, while officials from LSC say there were no indications of any kind from Quick.
Texas EquuSearch conducted a search for Quick in 2011, but the case was not made public because of his mental condition.
"I think it's appropriate to say here and now that our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims and their families," said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn during a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon. "We hope that law enforcement finds those responsible and makes sure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The LSC-CyFair campus was open for regularly scheduled classes and activities on Wednesday morning. All other Lone Star College campuses, including the LSC-Fairbanks Center, remained open as scheduled.