UCLA students were shaken yesterday after a 20-year-old man slashed the throat of a classmate in a chemistry lab in front of others. The pair, believed to have been lab partners, had a verbal altercation before the man attacked the woman and walked calmly away as a teaching assistant rushed to stem the bleeding. The victim is in stable condition in hospital.
The teaching assistant "deserves a medal. He had his hands around her wounds and was yelling, 'Call 911,'" a co-worker told AP. "He kept holding her so she wouldn't bleed until the paramedics arrived." The alleged attacker was arrested in the same building soon after, and has been charged with attempted murder. Students and faculty are "very shaken," said a chemistry professor. "It's very shocking." Psychological counselors were on the scene to help students.