One person is dead and three others were injured after a reported stabbing attack on the University of Texas at Austin campus Monday afternoon, according to emergency services. University police said they have a suspect in custody and the public is not in immediate danger.
On social media, photos, videos and reports began to circulate immediately.
Many comments expressed displeasure the speed at which the university notified those on campus:
University officials sent messages to those on its emergency alert lists by shortly after 2 p.m., according to the American-Statesman’s Julie Chang:
The Statesman’s Mark D. Wilson was live from the scene:
Around 4 p.m., Facebook activated its safety check settings for the incident:
Later, a non-credible bomb threat resulted in the evacuation from some campus buildings shortly after the stabbings, causing students to worry more about their safety:
UPDATE: Non-credible bomb threat at Belo. Area is being evacuated out of caution.— UT Student Gov't (@UT_SG) May 1, 2017
I understand what happened with the stabbing but is there any new info about the banner found at belo and who put it there #UTAustin— Brooke Vincent (@Brooke_E_V) May 1, 2017
Apparently there was a sign put up on the Comm school that said "UT funds bombs"and now they're taking it as a bomb threat— Tall-yuh (@TahliaRene94) May 1, 2017
Many students, who were students when UT student Haruka Weiser died a year ago, commented on the violent acts they have witnessed since starting school:
Last year Haruka Weiser, last week a shooting at a close proximity, today 4 people stabbed resulting in one death.— jennnaaayyy 👑 (@jen_tx83) May 1, 2017
Just awful. A student killed on campus at UT-Austin. This is the second time a student has been killed on campus in just over a year.— kristen orsborn (@kristenorsborn) May 1, 2017
UT head football coach Tom Herman tweeted his sympathies for the students later Monday, as did Texas women's basketball coach Karen Aston:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his condolences for the victim and the university, as did Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick:
Statement on Dallas shooting & UT Austin attack pic.twitter.com/V56lCpyIK1— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) May 1, 2017
My thoughts & prayers are with those affected by the senseless violence in Dallas & Austin. My office is ready to assist in any way.— TX AG's Office (@TXAG) May 1, 2017
Actor and Austinite Elijah Wood tweeted his sympathies late Monday as well.
This story is developing.