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September 25, 2013

Police release photo of Salem State attack suspect

Salem, Mass., police have released a photo of the suspect in a reported stabbing on a Salem State University shuttle bus this morning.

Police are looking for Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn, in connection to the incident. Wells is believed to have fled the scene in a 1999 brown Toyota Camry.

Salem State has lifted its "shelter in place" lockdown order this afternoon. Salem police were on hand to ensure dismissal at all of the city's public schools went smoothly this afternoon. Residents were also given a description of the suspect and vehicle in a reverse-911 message this afternoon.

 

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Salem State University issued a "shelter in place" lockdown order this afternoon as the stabbing suspect may have returned to campus.

No classes are being held and students are being told to stay where they are, close and lock doors and stay away from windows.

The "shelter in place" lockdown order includes Horace Mann Laboratory School, a public elementary school on the Salem State campus.

Police continue to search for the suspect. Anyone who sees the suspect or a brown 1999 Toyota Camry with license plate 804NTM is urged to call SSU campus police at 978-542-6111.

 

12:15 p.m.: Two people were injured 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.

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