PISCATAWAY, NJ – A former Rutgers University student is responsible for a knife attack at the business school on the Livingston campus Friday afternoon, according to police.
Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesman James O’Neill put out a statement Friday evening saying that the former student entered an office in the building at 100 Rockafeller Road in Piscataway at around 2:30 p.m. and “initiated” the incident with a current Rutgers student and a faculty member.
Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop said in an alert that the former student attacked the other two individuals without provocation.
The two victims were able to flee from the office and responding officers took the suspect into custody when they arrived, Cop said.
The suspect suffered self-inflicted stab wounds, police said.
All three involved went to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment, according to police.
Police did not release the identities or the current conditions of the victims.
A professor inside the building at the time of the incident said it took place on the fifth floor of the facility.
Police locked down the building for about 75 minutes during the incident, but later cleared the scene and classes resumed, he said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Rutgers Executive Vice President Antonio Calcado said in a statement to the university community Friday night. “Please know that the safety and security of the Rutgers community is a paramount concern.”
Calcado said the university’s police department was on the scene quickly and put out a text alert to the students and staff about the incident.
He said a second alert was sent once the suspect was in custody and the area was deemed safe by police.
Grief counselors from the Division of Student Affairs were available for students following the incident and will continue support services for students affected by the incident, he said.
“While this act was an isolated incident, we understand the concerns that members of our University community may have, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available,” he said.
No charges have been filed in the incident and the investigation is continuing, according to police.
The Rutgers University Police Department is actively investigating this incident and asks that anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time contact the Rutgers Police Detective Bureau at 848-932-8025.