"Will I survive or will I die?" Stabbing victim recalls
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:36
April 10 - High school stabbing victim Brett Hurt says his friend helped save his life after Thursday's rampage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for a stabbing rampage at a high school where a 16-year-old student was accused of wielding two knives and wounding nearly two dozen people.
The attacker stalked through Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, stabbing victims in the torso and slashing their arms and faces with 8-inch steel blades before being tackled by an assistant principal, officials and students said.
Brett Hurt, a student at the high school recalled Wednesday's incident.
"I was walking down the hallway with a friend of mine, Gracie Evans, and then it just all hit. She was screaming, and I was just standing there and then everything just went - I didn't even know what was going on. I was just so surprised. I could barely move because I got stabbed in the back, and it was just - I had to have help going to the next room, and her putting pressure on my wound - make sure I didn't bleed out," Hurt said, speaking at Forbes hospital.
"What was going through my mind? Will I survive, or will will I die?" Hurt added.
Sophomore Alex Hribal was taken into custody and charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault, Murrysville Police Department Captain Rob Liermann said.
The teen had no psychiatric or disciplinary problems, and his family described him as a good student who mingled well with others, family lawyer Patrick Thomassey said in television interviews.
Thomassey said he met with Hribal for 20 minutes before his arraignment on Wednesday, but could not identify a motive.
Hribal's parents were horrified and sent their condolences to the victims and their families, he said.
Hribal was charged as an adult, but Thomassey told CNN he would try to move him into the juvenile court system.
Twenty-one students and a security officer were stabbed in the incident, said Dan Stevens, a spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management.
Hribal faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault, police said. He was ordered to face a preliminary hearing in seven to 10 days.
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