Pittsburg, PA, United States (4E) – Five of 21 students wounded in a student’s stabbing rampage at a Murrysville high school are in critical condition on Thursday as the attacker was charged with 21 counts of aggravated assault.
Jared Boger, 17, was still in life support at noon Thursday and doctors at UPMC Presbyterian described his condition as very critical. He was stabbed with an 8-inch knife that barely missed his heart and aorta, the doctors said Wednesday, after the mass stabbing at the Franklin Regional High School.
Boger underwent surgeries and will have more operation to treat bleeding, Dr. Lou Alarcon, medical director of trauma surgery, said on Wednesday, according to WTAE.com.
At Forbes Hospital in Monroeville , three of the most seriously injured remain in the intensive care unit while two others are on ventilators and will have additional surgery. They all suffered penetrating stab wounds that damaged vital organs.
Murrysville police identified the attacker as sophomore Alex Hribal, 16. He was also charged with attempted homicide and weapons possession.
Hribal is being held without bond at the Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention Center. His motive for stabbing and slashing students and teachers remains unclear, Murrysville police chief Thomas Seefeld said at a 6 a.m. press conference outside the school.
Hribal’s lawyer, Patrick Thomassey, said the boy’s family is not dysfunctional and his parents were trying to figure out what happened.
The investigation is ongoing and FBI agents have seized a computer and cell phone of Hribal at his home to analyze them for clues that could explain his rampage. About 50 FBI agents and local law enforcers also worked on the crime scene and finished collecting evidence.
Hribal swung two kitchen knives at a crowded hallway of Franklin Regional High School before morning classes started on Wednesday. A security guard was also stabbed.
Seefeld praised Samuel King, a 60-year-old assistant principal at the school, for tackling Hribal to stop him from hurting more students, and the person who pulled the school’s fire alarm during the attack that prompted other students to get out of the school.