CYPRESS -- A 20-year-old student went building to building stabbing people at a Harris County community college Tuesday, wounding at least 14 -- many in the face and neck -- before being subdued, authorities said Tuesday.The student, identified as Dylan Quick, told investigators that he had been planning the attack at the Lone Star College System's campus in Cypress for some time and had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school, the Harris County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.Quick used a razor-type knife, and a piece of blade was found in at least one victim, according to the statement.Broken blade pieces were also found in the area where the stabbings occurred, and the handle was in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested.Authorities were seen entering Quick's parents' home in a middle-class neighborhood of Houston on Tuesday night. No one answered the door or the phone at the home, where two vehicles were parked in the driveway, including a Honda Accord with a license plate that read "DYLAN."The attacks started about 11:20 a.m. and sent at least 12 people to hospitals, while others refused treatment at the scene, according to a spokesman for the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department.Two people were in critical condition Tuesday evening at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, a spokeswoman said.Diante Cotton, 20, said he was sitting in a cafeteria with friends when a girl clutching her neck walked in, yelling: "He's stabbing people! He's stabbing people!"Cotton said he could not see the girl's injuries, but when he and his friends went outside, they saw a half-dozen people cut on their faces and necks being loaded into ambulances and medical helicopters.Michelle Alvarez told the Houston Chronicle she saw the attacker running toward other students and tried to back away. She said she didn't even feel it as he swiped at her."He came running and swinging at my neck, as I tried to get out of the way," she said.Harris County Sherriff Adrian Garcia said that when emergency calls came into the department, there were indications that "students or faculty were actively responding to work to subdue this individual.""So we're proud of those folks, but we're glad no one else is injured any more severely than they are," Garcia said.Classes at the community college will resume today, a college spokesman said. Counselors will be available to talk with students and employees, and will visit the classes of those students who were injured.In January, three men were wounded in a shooting at the North Harris County campus of Lone Star College. Two people were arrested.
Knife attacks rare
In the United States, mass attacks are almost always associated with guns. But in Tuesday's attack at a suburban Houston community college, authorities believe the 20-year-old suspect used some type of hobby knife.
Knife attacks are less uncommon in countries where people have a much more difficult time getting access to firearms. In December in central China, a man with a knife wounded 22 children and one adult outside a primary school. Other such attacks have been reported since 2010.
Michael P. Roth, a criminal justice professor at Sam Houston State University, said the last time he can find that a stabbing rampage affected multiple victims in the U.S. was in 1966 when a man stabbed and strangled eight Chicago student nurses to death after taking them hostage.
-- Houston Chronicle