“My first thought was I need to go catch him.”
Ryan Ballard, a student at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas, tells the Houston Chronicle about the chaotic scene at the school Tuesday when as many as 14 people were injured, at least two critically, by an attacker who used a sharp blade to stab victims in the face and neck.
According to the Chronicle, Ballard says he had just arrived at the school’s Health Science building when other students, some crying and bleeding, started running in various directions. He heard someone shout “stop that guy!” The newspaper picks up the story:
“Another group of students was running toward the man. One finally reached him near the parking lot, grabbing the assailant in a bear hug. Ballard, a former offensive lineman at Langham Creek High School, also closed in. That’s when he noticed the attacker squirming to get his hand into his back pocket.
“Instinctively, Ballard knocked both of them to the ground.
” ‘I didn’t want to wait until it was too late to make a move,’ he said.”
Authorities arrested 20-year-old Dylan Quick at the scene.
“[Quick] is charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Assault. The instrument used by Quick to stab and cut the victims was a razor-type knife.
“There were pieces of blade in at least one victim, broken blade pieces in the area where the cutting occurred, and the handle to a razor-type knife was found in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested.
“According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school. He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for some time.
“In all, 14 victims were injured in today’s incident.”
The Associated Press adds that that “two people remained in critical condition late Tuesday.”
As for what it was like at the school during the attack, accounts vary. The Chronicle writes that the attacker stabbed each victim “with a small knife as he walked by before quickly moving on, almost unnoticed, to another.” But KHOU-TV reports that “witnesses said a suspect ran down a hallway randomly stabbing students in the Health and Science Center.”
Quick, according to the Chronicle, was “born deaf [and] received a cochlear implant as a child.” People in the neighborhood where Quick lives with his parents described him as a “once-shy kid who remained a bit of a loner.”