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Teen Charged as Adult in High School Stabbings

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At the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville, PA, a community is united through an act of violence.

"I'm really saddened to see this type of event happen in Murrysville." said Murrysville resident Tom Moser.

Around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, just two blocks away, police say 16-year-old Alex Hribal went on a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School.

"The fire alarm went off, I was walking towards the exit and there was blood all over the floor," said Franklin Regional student Zakery Amsler.

Police say Hribal ran through school wielding two kitchen knifes, slashing and stabbing other students in his way.  Investigators say the stabbing spree came to and end, when the assistant principal and a security guard wrestled Hribal to the ground.  That security guard, and at least 19 students were injured in the attack.

"I can tell you what we saw when we got there was a hallway that was pretty much in chaos," said Marysville Police Chief Tom Seefeld.  "A lot of evidence of blood on the floors in the hallway. We had students running about, trying to get out of the area."

Hribal is charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

As of now, investigators are trying to figure out a motive.

Meanwhile, churches like Newlonsburg Presbyterian held prayer services Wednesday night, honoring the victims of this attack.

"The community is pulling together I think, to try and deal the best they can under the circumstances," said Moser.  "They're extremely difficult circumstances."

 

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