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Authorities say a suspect stabbed five people on a university campus in central California before police shot and killed him. Authorities say a suspect stabbed five people on a university campus in central California before police shot and killed him.
MERCED, Calif. -

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - The latest on the stabbings on the University of California, Merced, campus (all times local):
 

6:50 p.m.

A college freshman angered over his eviction from a study group planned to kill a police officer, steal a gun and shoot those who had evicted him, according to a document found on his body after police shot him dead.

The Merced County Sheriff's Department said 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad wrote a two-page plan of revenge on those who had kicked him out of the study group. Police shot Mohammad dead on Wednesday after he stabbed four people on the University of California, Merced campus.

The document was found during Mohammad's autopsy Thursday.

Mohammad planned to use plastic ties to bind students' hands to their desks in his Wednesday morning class and then call police with a fake distress call. He then planned to ambush the responding officers and take their guns.

Instead, his attack on the class was foiled almost from the start. The four people he stabbed are expected to survive their injuries.

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2:05 p.m.
    
Campus officials now say four people, not five, were stabbed at the University of California, Merced.
    
The university said on its verified Twitter account Wednesday that two students, one staff member and a vendor were wounded but were expected to recover. They said earlier in the day that five people were stabbed.
    
The attacker, a male student, was shot and killed by police.
    
Campus officials also said the rural campus would be closed Thursday and urged the community to seek counseling services that were available.
    
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1:25 p.m.
    
An 18-year-old student at the University of California, Merced, praised the campus for responding to a stabbing that injured five people.
    
Alexander Raj says he was in his dorm when he got a text at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday about a stabbing in a building that holds both classrooms and offices. He says he stayed in his room until getting a text at 9:33 a.m. that said the threat was over and classes were canceled.
    
Campus officials said the attacker was a male student and was shot and killed by police. Two victims were airlifted to hospitals, but their conditions weren't immediately known. Officials say three others had injuries minor enough for treatment on campus.
    
He says he still felt safe at school and that "campus police did a great job."
    
The campus, surrounded largely by farmland, was mostly deserted Wednesday afternoon.
    
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12:20 p.m.
    
Officials say an attacker who stabbed five people at the University of California, Merced, before being shot and killed by police was a male student.
    
University spokesman James Leonard said the identity of the assailant hasn't been confirmed. Leonard says campus officials are working to establish a timeline of events that unfolded Wednesday morning.
    
Two victims were airlifted to hospitals, but their conditions weren't immediately known. Officials say three others had injuries minor enough for treatment on campus.
    
Phil Coba, a student government representative, says he has been told by numerous students that the stabbings started inside a classroom and continued outside before campus police shot and killed the attacker.
    
Coba says dining halls are providing free food to students and staff members who were on campus during the attack.
    
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10:50 a.m.
    
A campus official says the five people stabbed at the University of California, Merced, were conscious when paramedics reached them.
    
Assistant Vice Chancellor Patti Waid said classes were just getting underway at 8:05 a.m. PST Wednesday when the attack happened outside a building that holds both classrooms and offices.
    
Waid says three of the victims had injuries that were minor enough for them to be treated on campus. The two others were taken to hospitals by helicopter, but their conditions weren't immediately known.
    
Campus police shot and killed the assailant.
    
Authorities said some of the victims are students, but it's unclear how many.
    
A lockdown at the university has been lifted, but classes have been canceled for the day.
    
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This item has been corrected to show that the last name of a UC Merced assistant vice chancellor is Waid, not Wald.
    
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10:15 a.m.
    
University of California, Merced, student Alex Lopez says there was an eerie, unsettled atmosphere on campus in the immediate aftermath of a stabbing that left five people injured.
    
Authorities say the assailant was shot and killed Wednesday. Two of the victims were taken by helicopter to hospitals, but their conditions weren't immediately known.
    
Lopez said he was listening to a podcast on his way to class when there was a break in the talking around him and he heard a gunshot.
    
He said students gathered in groups to talk about what was happening, and many were left feeling frightened and uncertain. Lopez uploaded video to Instagram showing an ambulance and police vehicle racing down the street.
    
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9:40 a.m.
    
Authorities say a suspect stabbed five people on a university campus in central California before police shot and killed him.
    
University of California, Merced, spokeswoman Lorena Anderson said Wednesday that two of the victims were taken by helicopter to hospitals for treatment. She said the three other victims were treated locally.
    
Anderson says the school remains on lockdown and classes have been canceled for the day.
    
Officials say the stabbings occurred shortly before 8 a.m.
    
The rural school is about 120 miles south of Sacramento.

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