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Louisiana Tech student in custody after stabbing that injured four

By: - November 13, 2023 2:02 pm

A photo of Keeny Hall at Louisiana Tech University from September 2016. (Creative Commons license)

Update: One of the injured, Annie Richardson, died from her injuries. The suspect has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

A Louisiana Tech University student was apprehended by campus police Monday after four people, including one student, were injured in a stabbing incident.

The suspect, identified by a campus spokesperson as Jacoby Johnson, was taken into custody without incident minutes after fleeing the scene. After being treated at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston for injuries sustained during the attack, Johnson was charged with four counts of attempted second-degree murder.

The incident took place in front of the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center on campus shortly after 9 a.m. Louisiana Tech spokesperson Tom Soto said in a press release that it is believed to have been a random act of violence.

The Ruston Daily Leader identified the student injured as Dominique McCain, a graduate student who was leaving a class at the time of the attack. McCain was airlifted to a hospital in Shreveport. Two others victims were taken to a local hospital, where one was listed in critical condition. Another injured person refused treatment.

The campus will remain open. Group counseling sessions will be made available to affected students, according to a press release.


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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.