In a shocking turn of events at Louisiana Tech University, a stabbing incident took place at the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center, resulting in four individuals being injured.
The incident occurred as the victims were leaving the building, and the suspect, identified as Jacoby Johnson, a Louisiana Tech student, quickly fled towards the main campus. However, thanks to the swift response of campus police, the suspect was apprehended without further incident.
The authorities believe that this act of violence was entirely random, leaving the campus community in shock and disbelief. Jacoby Johnson, the suspect, is currently receiving medical treatment at Northern Louisiana Medical Center for injuries sustained during the initial altercation. The Ruston Police Department and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance in controlling the scene and collecting evidence.
Out of the four victims, two were transported to a local hospital, one was airlifted to Shreveport, and the remaining victim declined treatment. As of the latest update at 11:40 a.m., one victim is in critical condition at NLMC, while the other two victims remain in serious but stable condition. Notably, the victim who was airlifted is a graduate student, while the other three victims are non-students.
To ensure the safety of the campus community, the Lambright Center has been temporarily closed and is scheduled to reopen at 1 p.m. Thankfully, all other campus operations are functioning normally. The investigation into the incident is currently ongoing, and the university has assured the public that further updates will be provided later in the afternoon.
In light of this distressing event, Counseling Services at Louisiana Tech is offering support to students in both individual and group settings, completely free of charge. Students can schedule appointments by visiting Keeny Hall 310, calling 318.257.2488, or accessing the website.
Additionally, a special group session will commence today at 3:00 p.m. and will continue throughout the week, providing a safe space for students to process their emotions following this unexpected and alarming incident.