The stabbing attack on the University of California-Merced campus is getting curiouser and curiouser. Although the attacker’s “manifesto” made several references to Allah and indicated his intention to kill multiple people, authorities say it wasn’t terror-related.
They could be right, but why the rush to judgment?
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said during a news briefing, Thursday, that exclusion from a university study group was what led freshman student Faisal Mohammad, 18, to formulate a plan to conduct “campus-wide mayhem” Wednesday, NBC affiliate KCRA reported.
“We had an upset teenager that was upset over being kicked out of a study group” for being disruptive, the sheriff said, according to the Merced Sun-Star. “He was a teenager, he got mad and took it out this way.”
“We don’t know what’s going to trigger and we don’t have a crystal ball … We don’t know,” Warnke said. “The human person is a very unpredictable being.”
Despite lacking that crystal ball, Warnke was adamant that “there is nothing to indicate this was anything other than a teenage boy who got upset with fellow classmates.”
ABC Channel 7 News reporter, Matt Keller, tweeted:
— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 5, 2015
Warnke acknowledged when asked by reporters that there were references to Allah in the teen’s manifesto, but dismissed them out-of-hand.
“His belief was through the Muslim faith, but there’s nothing to indicate anything other than that,” Warnke said. “It’d be like a Christian referring to the Lord Jesus.”
“You’ve got to remember there are a lot of Muslim-faith (people) that are very kind, gentle, loving people and to have one person do this, you can’t group that whole section of folks into that. It’s just not right,” Warnke said.
The sheriff may be right, but then again, maybe he’s just wary of stirring up anti-Islamic sentiment.
Watch the report, via KCRA-TV News.
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