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September 25, 2013

UPDATE: Man slashed two people on Salem State shuttle bus

SALEM, Mass. — Two people were slashed by an assailant on a Salem State University shuttle bus this morning.

The reported stabbing happened around 11 a.m., when a male bus rider approached a female bus rider while the bus was in the Central Campus parking lot.

"He went toward her and inflicted a superficial slash on the top of her hand," said Karen Cady, SSU spokesperson. "The bus driver got up to intervene and the assailant went after him, and inflicted a superficial laceration on his upper chest."

The male suspect got off the bus, fled on foot across Loring Avenue, got into a car and took off into the city, Cady said.

Salem police issued a "be on the lookout" bulletin for a brown 1999 Toyota Camry just after 11 a.m. Salem State officials sent out a campus-wide bulletin alerting the university of the incident at 11:46 a.m.

The bus driver was taken to the hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim declined to be taken to the hospital and will be OK, Cady said.

It is unknown if the suspect is a SSU student, Cady said. People do not have to show any type of student identification to ride the shuttle buses, which run a loop between Salem State's north, south and central campuses.

"He could have just boarded one of the buses (without being a student)," Cady said.

The suspect is described as a white male with long red/ blonde hair, some facial hair, approximately 20 years old, wearing a white shirt, gray baseball cap, khaki pants and red sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salem State University Police at 978-542-6111 or anonymously at 978-542-TIPS (8477).

The bus driver is an employee of Cavalier Bus Lines, and is not employed directly by SSU, Cady said.

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