UPDATE -- Utica Police have made an arrest following a fight that took place between two groups of males on the MVCC campus on Friday afternoon.
Utica Police arrested 21 year-old Abdi H. Osman of Utica. They say he brandished a knife and attempted to stab members of the other group. While attempting to do this, he suffered a laceration to his hand and stabbed a member of his own group causing that individual to be transported to St. Elizabeth' s Hospital for emergency treatment.
Osman is facing Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon charges.
MVCC President Randall VanWagoner released a statement: ""We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment on our campuses and are proud of how our students, faculty, and staff followed shelter-in-place procedures and handled themselves during the situation. We are also thankful to the Utica Police Department and MVCC Public Safety for their actions and exceptional service to the Mohawk Valley community. Their partnership allowed us to handle this incident quickly and efficiently."
Both Utica Police and MVCC Campus Security will have increased police presence on campus for the foreseeable future to deter any potential future acts of violence.
UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police say the stabbing on Mohawk Valley Community College's Utica campus Friday was an isolated incident between two groups of people.
Police interviewed a person of interest in the incident after the scene was cleared and the lockdown was lifted.
MVCC was under lockdown for roughly an hour after a fight was reported on the Utica campus around 1 p.m.
Police and fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 1101 Sherman Dr. in Utica, where a Utica Police Department investigator says one person was stabbed and one person was cut during the altercation. Police say the two injured people were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Utica City School District canceled after-school activities after putting Proctor High School, Columbus Elementary School and Albany Elementary School on lockdown during the incident.
An emergency alert was originally sent out through the SUNY system advising students to shelter in place.
MVCC President Randall VanWagoner met with the crisis management team after the lockdown was declared.
More details on this incident will be released as they become available.
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