Police have identified the suspect accused of stabbing several people at the University of California, Merced as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara. After attacking a construction worker and two students, he rushed down two flights of stairs to the outside and stabbed a school employee sitting on a bench.
He then fled and was shot by campus police. He was carrying flammable petroleum jelly, zip tie handcuffs, night vision goggles, duct tape and a hammer in his backpack while wearing all-black when killed.
“He had like a sweatshirt, and the hoodie was up…and it covered his whole face,” student Blanca Ayala said.
Andrew Velasquez, who lived in the dorms with the attacker, said he didn’t talk much and kept to himself.
“Every time I would try and say something he would just ignore it,” stated Velasquez.
Police say they’re still trying to find a motive for the stabbings though they also claim “there’s nothing to indicate any political or religious motivation.” Investigators added that a manifesto, found on the attackers’ body, indicates he was angry over being kicked out of study group.
His manifesto included a “detailed list” of targets and plans to tie students to desks in an effort to lure police into the room. From there, the computer science and engineering student wanted to take the officer’s gun and shoot people.
The manifesto indicated he “intended to kill a lot of people.” Investigators had said night vision goggles, duct tape and zip tie had been found in his backpack. The four-page document also included several references to Allah.
Meanwhile, Chancellor Dorothy Leland said, “At this point, it would be irresponsible to draw such conclusions based solely on the ethnicity of the suspect.”
“At this point in time, the preliminary evidence suggests that freshman computer science and engineering student…” she added, “appears to have been motivated by personal animosities, not a political agenda.”
The attack drew immediate praise from a Twitter account associated with ISIS/ISIL once his name was divulged by campus authorities. The tweet in Arabic, read: “May Allah accept him.”