Hero Wishes He’d Been Armed against Mass Stabber

He rescued a victim from a mass stabber but he now realizes he would have been better off carrying.

We have posted about heroes before who would have been better off armed. What makes this story different is that the hero has spoken up and said he would have been better off armed.

The hero was Byron Price.

According to Breitbart,

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke has identified the University of California Merced attacker who wounded four in a mass stabbing spree as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad.

He was a freshman from Santa Clara.

Breitbart News previously reported the stabbings at UC Merced, which occurred around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Police shot and killed Mohammad after the stabbings.

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UC Mercred tweeted that five persons were wounded in the mass stabbing shortly after the attack took place, but Warnke indicated the actual number of wounded was four. And he explained that those four included “two students, a female student advisor and a construction worker who was on campus for a remodeling project.”

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At this point investigators believe “Mohammad entered a second-floor classroom as class was starting Wednesday and struggled with a male student, who was stabbed. The construction worker–31-year-old Byron Price–“heard the commotion and went to intervene.” Warnke stressed that apart from Price’s intervention, the first stabbing victim might be dead.

Mohammad turned his attention to Price, “[slashing] him around the waist during the confrontation.” Mohammad is believed to have fled the building thereafter, stabbing another male student and a female student advisor outside.

According to a subsequent Breitbart story, Price has reflected on what he would do differently.

Price was on campus for a remodeling project and came into contact with the mass stabber while investigating noises. As it turned out, the noises were tied to Mohammed attacking his first victim.

Price said, “I went to open the door–to break it up and see if everybody was okay–and they all screamed ‘run’ when I opened the door.” The next thing Price knew was that a “suspect wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt comes charging at him with a butcher knife.”

Price said he kept kicking at Mohammad to keep him from getting close enough to stab into an organ, yet even at a distance the mass stabber was able to slit portions of Price’s waistline.

Looking back on the experience, Price said, “He now thinks differently about having a concealed weapon” and he “wishes he had one while…[the mass stabbing] unfolded.”

Price went to the hospital to have his wounds stapled shut. A gun might have meant avoiding those cuts. It also might have meant that Mohammad would not have been able to flee and stab others.