Stabbing on Buff State campus sends two to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An on-campus altercation between three men left police searching for an assailant with a knife on Monday morning.

Police say one person received stab wounds and one suffered other minor injuries in an altercation with a black man between 18- and 22-years-old. Police didn’t describe what led to the incident, but say the three fought outside the student apartment complex at about 2:30 a.m.

“One of our students was slashed with what appears to be a box cutter or a razor-type knife,” Peter Carey, Buffalo State University Police Chief, said. “(He had) cuts in his arms, back and sides, had stitches.”

First responders took the wounded men to Sisters Hospital where they were treated and eventually released.

As police continue to investigate the stabbing, they say they’re searching for the six-foot tall assailant, who is described as being unshaven with short hair, wearing a white t-shirt, grey pants and yellow and black sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (716) 878-6333 or the University Police Confidential Tip Line at (716) 878-3166.

“There are surveillance cameras outside the Student Apartment Complex, and we do have evidence from that fight, the assault, and we’re using that to aid us in our investigation,” Carey said. “Our video has quite good evidentary value and that’s a significant aid in our investigation.”

The incident is only one of the latest on Buffalo State’s campus that has some concerned about security on the public campus. Not long ago a woman fended off a sexual assault in her dorm room, leading to charges against a freshman student. 

Campus officials, however, say certain types of violence are down, and they continue to work on improving security. On campus now, police say they’ve increased patrols and have added officers to the investigation. Chief Carey said the campus is safe despite the attack.

“There’s no indication that there was a robbery or any other crime other type of crime involved in it, so while it’s upsetting to take place on campus, our information now is that it was a targeted assault and our campus community is safe,” Carey said.

Although Carey didn’t specify the measures, he did promise campus police would be taking precautionary measures to provide safety to all students as they return to class on Tuesday.

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