Performance students at the University of Hartford were rehearsing a scene that turned horrifically wrong.
“Someone in Quad 3 was like ‘lock all your doors’ and our coach texted us to make sure we were okay,” explained Aly Mohamed, a sophomore from Windsor Locks.
Police said it was midday Sunday that a rehearsal turned nearly deadly inside an on-campus dorm.
A 19-year-old student was fighting for his life with stab wounds to his chest and back.
Campus officials said his condition has since been upgraded to stable.
“It was just a little crazy trying to figure out what’s going on,” Nick Krysik, a senior said.
Police said another 21-year-old student is recovering from stab wounds to his chest and back.
“They were working on a group project. So, it’s like it can happen to anyone,” Mohamed added.
Authorities located 21-year-old student Jake Wascher in the woods. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder. After booking, police escorted him to an area hospital where he was arraigned and held on a $1 million bond on Monday.
Students stated that they’re trying to make sense of it all.
In a message to the campus community, University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward said, “Sadly, university and college campuses are not immune to the challenges that have become too common in society today.”
Students agree, saying it’s an awful incident that could have happened anywhere.
“Everyone’s just, like, disappointed really. We don’t want it to ruin the reputation of the school. This is actually a pretty good school,” Mohamed said.
“A lot of people are saying they feel unsafe, you know? This campus couldn’t be any safer,” Srysik added.
The university released a statement on Monday, which read:
The University of Hartford is in contact with the families of our injured students and they remain in our thoughts. At this time, we are focused on providing support services for our entire campus community. Out of respect for the students, their families, and in accordance with FERPA laws, the University will not provide any further comments at this time.