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ANCHORAGE - Four children were stabbed in the neck this morning by a man who was later subdued by police at an Anchorage elementary school.
The children's' injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, said Anchorage Police Department spokesman Ron McGee. At least one of the students ran bleeding into the school, headed for the office, McGee said. The victims were rushed to two local hospitals.
The stabbing occurred just about 8:10 a.m. shortly before classes were to begin at Mountain View Elementary School.
Randy Smith, chairman of the local community patrol, was among the first to arrive on the scene. He found the suspect, whose name was not released, in a classroom with a teacher and an injured boy.
"He was threatening everybody. He came towards us a couple of times. We kept him from getting out of the classroom," Smith said. "He was rambling and saying religious stuff. Stuff that made no sense."
Student Ashley Smith, 11, described two of the victims as her brothers, Billy Moy, 8, and Eric Moy, 9. She said they were in the cafeteria line for breakfast when the man approached them.
"This man, something was wrong with him. He was on drugs or something," she said.
Police arrived and shot the suspect with three rubber bullets.
McGee described the suspect as a man in his 30s. He was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of the bullet wounds.
At least one of the students ran bleeding into the school, headed for the office, McGee said.
"There's blood all over the school," McGee said. "A lot of blood all over the hallway."
McGee said about 20 students saw the attack. Police kept those students at the school, while others were bused to a nearby school and released to their parents.
Parent Evette Carmack rushed to Mountain View Elementary from her job at Alaska Regional Medical Center, still dressed in pink hospital scrubs.
She said she came as soon as she'd heard about the shooting.
"I came from Chicago to get away from all this," Carmack said. "To get a better life for my kids."