The autopsy on the body of the 18-year-old University of California student who stabbed four people on the Merced campus provided unexpected information to authorities seeking a motive for the attack.

The coroner found what is being called by police a “two-page manifesto” in the pockets of Faisal Mohammad a computer science and engineering major in at the University. The document laid out his grievances and his plans “to kill a lot of people,” along with repeated references praising Allah.

According to Merced County Sheriff Verne Warnke, Mohammad had been asked to leave a student study group, which upset him and possibly led to the attack.

Warne was quick to add that, in his opinion, the repeated written references to Allah were “nothing to indicate” Mohammad’s Muslim religion had anything to do with his motive for the attack.

Police and university officials are claiming that the attack was the result of Mohammad seeking revenge for being rejected by the study group.

The freshman entered a classroom and stabbed two students and a member of the university staff, inflicting serious, but not fatal wounds.

A fourth person, construction worker, Bryon Price, intervened as the others were being stabbed and is credited with preventing a more widespread attack. Price said Mohammad was “smiling like he was having fun” while swinging a 10 inch hunting knife.

The freshman ran out of the classroom and down a flight of stairs with Price in pursuit. The attacker was shot by campus police.

Mohammad’s manifesto revealed a detailed plan to hold students hostage in classrooms until police arrived, then seize an officer’s weapon to “shoot people.”

Police found duct tape, zip ties and night vision goggles in Mohammad’s backpack.

The attack is under investigation by local authorities, as well as the FBI to determine if it was terror-related.

 

 

 

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