Melbourne police responded at round 10:50 p.m. to a report of a male armed with a knife assaulting college students on the Florida Institute of Expertise campus. Campus safety cornered the suspect in a constructing and confronted him earlier than police arrived.
Florida Tech warned college students through Facebook to keep away from the Residence Quad throughout the incident.
Police tried to arrest the suspect, however he lunged at an officer. The officer and a campus safety officer each fired their weapons, hitting the suspect.
Officers tried life-saving measures, however the suspect died on the scene.
Authorities recognized the suspect as Alhaji Sow, an 18-year-old pupil and tutor on the college, Florida Tech spokesperson Wes Sumner instructed Fox Information. Sow had entered his sophomore 12 months and studied aeronautical science.
A pupil instructed Spectrum News 13 he was “very shocked” by the incident.
“Typically I’m out late at night time doing stuff, like taking part in basketball or strolling round, skateboarding,” Matthew Hanvey stated. “I by no means considered a difficulty the place I’d ever get injured.”
The college is arranging for assist companies for college kids and different members of the group via its Pupil Life program.
Saturday’s “Check Fest” was canceled to “accommodate that assist,” Sumner added.
An investigation is ongoing.