As many as 20 were reported injured, at least five or six seriously, in a mass stabbing Wednesday morning at a high school near Pittsburgh. A suspect was taken into custody.
Dan Stevens, the spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, said five or six people were reported stabbed at about 7:20 a.m. at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
News media were reporting up to 20 people injured.
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It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspect and the victims were students, adults or a mix of both, according to The Associated Press. It didn't appear that any of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, Stevens said, though several helicopters were seen flying people from the scene to area hospitals.
School officials and Murrysville police didn’t immediately return calls seeking further details, but the school issued a bulletin on its website saying: ‘‘A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure.’’
The district serves about 3,600 students who live in the bedroom communities of Murrysville, Export and Delmont. The elementary and middle schools are part of the same campus.
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The high school was on lockdown, and students were being kept there as a precaution as school and law enforcement officials double-checked the premises. School officials were making arrangements to bus the middle school students home.
District Attorney John Peck said he was monitoring the situation. Detectives from his office were also investigating, though Peck said he had no information beyond that being reported by Pittsburgh television news stations.
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