Police have identified the perpetrator of yesterday’s stabbing spree at UC Merced. 18 year-old Faisal Mohammad wounded 4 people before being killed by campus police. Official’s are cautioning against drawing conclusions from Faisal’s ethnicity.
They are not releasing any motive at this time. (Editors Note: According to the Merced Sun Star, Mohammad was angry over being kicked out of a study group) While an ISIS-connected Twitter account praised the attack, there has not been any information connecting Mohammad to anything larger released by police. It turns out that Faisal was quite the loner.
A reclusive student shot dead by police after stabbing four people in a California university campus attack ‘had far greater intentions to do damage’, Merced County Sheriff said Wednesday.
Faisal Mohammad, a freshman who majored in computer science and engineering at the University of California was carrying highly flammable petroleum jelly, ziptie handcuffs, night vision goggles, duct tape and a hammer in his backpack when he was shot in the back by cops.
In reference to the petroleum jelly, Sheriff Vern Warnke said: ‘He had poor man’s C4’ – C4 being the dense, putty-like explosive used widely by the military and demolition teams.
Moments before he had ‘smiled’ as he used a 10-inch hunting knife to stab two students, a campus construction worker and a female teacher in a terrifying attack that was praised by an Isis-linked Twitter account.
However police have insisted his attacked were based on ‘personal animosities’ and a ‘vendetta’, not a political agenda.
The 18-year-old, described as anti-social by his roommate, was supposedly ‘having fun’ as he slashed the first student in the throat inside a classroom.
While it is quite possible that he was not part of a larger conspiracy, it is entirely possible that jihad-related online material might have helped catalyze the plot within a lonely, impressionable individual who fits the more typical spree-killer profile.
Or it could be that Faisal Mohammad was exactly what one might have imagined when he was identified. I don’t have a lot of confidence that if Mohammad was a wanna-be jihadi that it won’t be buried by police.
At least since he was a student they can’t say it was “workplace violence”.