Warrant issued for suspect in VSU Homecoming stabbing

ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State University Police say a warrant has been issued for a suspect in the VSU homecoming stabbing, but police have not yet named the person. The suspect is a male VSU student.

The victim, also a student, is recovering and out of the hospital.

Some students feared homecoming would be canceled after this violent incident and the campus lockdown, but school leaders say homecoming plans are moving forward.

The lockdown is lifted and it's back to normal at VSU, but memories of the chaos still linger and live on the internet. One of the fights was caught on camera and posted online. Overnight, the campus was put on lockdown.

This is not how Marthony Hobgood planned to start his freshman year. "It was kinda scary really shocking to see everybody's reaction, everybody running away not know what actually happened," he said.

He was in the crowd when students started fighting during the homecoming student bazaar. Police say it was one of several fights.  School leaders believe the chaos started after one student was stabbed. But it was video of the fight from students that helped police find the stabbing suspect.

"They were very forthcoming with what they saw and what they recorded," says Tom Reed, the VSU director of university relations. School leaders say this incident does not reflect the university.  "What happened yesterday was an anomaly. It was not what occurs here on a day-to-day basis. What occurs here on a day-to-day basis is us educating 5,700 students."

Students NBC12 spoke to say they're glad the lockdown was finally lifted.

"The lockdown was kinda crazy we couldn't leave our buildings," says freshman Jasmine Mason. "It was kinda scary also.

Hobgood says he generally feels safe here, but will continue to be cautious. "I don't know what to expect anymore now  I hope everything else runs smoothly though at this homecoming week."

According to VSU's website Thursday night's homecoming event is the King and Queen's Ball. Homecoming week ends on Sunday.

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