Up to 22 injured in Pa. high school stabbing spree, student in custody

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Police have raised the number of people stabbed or slashed by a teenage boy in a knife attack at a suburban Pittsburgh high school from 20 to 22.

A Westmoreland County public safety spokesman says at least 21 students were stabbed or slashed and a security guard was stabbed Wednesday morning. He says two other students suffered other injuries in the knife rampage at Franklin Regional High School, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

A witness says the accused student had a "blank expression" on his face as he flailed away with two knives in the hallway just before the start of classes.

Hospital officials say at least five student victims have been admitted in critical condition. Doctors say all are expected to recover.

The 16-year-old boy accused of the knife attack is awaiting arraignment. He's expected to be charged as an adult.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the bloody crime scene left behind at the school is "vast" and may take a couple of days to process.

Seefeld says the boy "was flashing two knives around" and was eventually subdued by a campus officer and an assistant principal.

Investigators haven't determined a motive but say they're looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.

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