A financial-aid assistant at at Miami-Jacobs Career College, in Columbus, Ohio, was among four people stabbed during a bizarre attack in a downtown high-rise building on Wednesday, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The assailant, described by witnesses as disheveled and zombielike, confronted his first victim in the college’s admissions office, and the financial-aid assistant is believed to have been stabbed after coming to the first victim’s assistance.
A caller reportedly identified the suspect as a student of the college, but police officials had not confirmed any connection between the suspect and Miami-Jacobs as of Wednesday evening. Another victim was an assistant state attorney general who worked in another office in the building and was confronted in the lobby. The suspect also reportedly attacked police officers summoned to the scene, and was stopped only after an officer fired at the man, striking him twice. The attacker and three of the stabbing victims were listed in critical condition in hospitals.
Miami-Jacobs offers certificate and diploma programs in several fields, including court reporting, criminal justice, cosmetology, and health-related careers.