Twenty people were injured — four seriously — in multiple stabbings this morning inside Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Most of the injured were students.
Westmoreland County public safety spokesman Dan Stevens said a male suspect, also a student, is in custody and was being questioned by Murrysville police and Westmoreland County detectives.
None of the injuries was life-threatening, he said.
Those seriously injured were flown to hospitals by medical helicopter, including eight people who were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. Seven of those injured were between the ages of 15 and 17; one was an adult. One victim was life-flighted to Allegheny General Hospital. Some of the injured suffered stab wounds to the extremities, he said.
Students are also being treated at UPMC East and UPMC Presbyterian.
Just before 7:15 a.m., a school resource officer asked for medical assistance at the school for a stabbing. The students were injured in several first-floor classrooms and in the hallways before the classes started, Mr. Stevens said.
Parents of the injured students are being contacted. Parents of other students are asked to go to Heritage Elementary, also in Murrysville, to pick up their children.
Police, emergency crews and school buses lined the entrance to the school this morning. A stretcher was loaded into an ambulance around 8:15 a.m.
On its website, the school district said, “A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic.”
The FBI is on the scene.