A former Rutgers University student stabbed a professor and a current student at Rutgers Business School Friday afternoon, police said.
The former student slashed the two people “without provocation” in an office at the school’s Linvingston Campus in Piscataway, N.J. around 2:30 p.m., according to a crime alert issued by campus police.
The two victims managed to flee from the office. Police officers who rushed to the business school captured the suspect, who suffered self-inflicted wounds.
Police did not immediately identify the victims or suspect as all three received treatment at a nearby hospital. Authorities had yet to file charges Friday night against the former student believed to have carried out the attack, NJ.com reported.
“There is no danger to the community,” Rutgers University spokesman Jeff Tolvin told the Daily News after cops made the arrest.
“Three individuals, including the suspect, are currently being treated for their injuries,” Tolvin said, declining to discuss the extent of their injuries.
Rutgers University posted a tweet at 2:45 p.m. that a stabbing had occurred minutes earlier and warned students to “avoid the area and/or take shelter.”
Students who were near the scene of the stabbing told the school’s student newspaper the Daily Targum that they heard screams inside the building.
“I wanted to charge the battery on my phone and I was waiting for my class to start,” junior Suiyi Jiang “I just heard screams. Some faculty members went to the room and wanted to figure out what happened. Then another guy called the police and said ‘Somebody is stabbing. There’s blood everywhere.'”
By 3:30 p.m. one person had been arrested for the stabbing, according to a second tweet from the university.
More than 40,000 students attend Rutgers University-New Brunswick, which has five campus that span New Brunswick and neighboring Piscataway. It is the largest of the state university’s three locations.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Antonio Calcado said in a message Friday night to Rutgers students, faculty and staff.
“While this act was an isolated incident, we understand the concerns that members of our University community may have, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
With TOBIAS SALINGER