Transy president recounts taking down machete attacker

By  | 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Transylvania University President Seamus Carey says he had just pulled up to the school when he saw students running out of Jazzman's Coffee Shop, Friday morning.

"When I heard that our students were in danger I ran to see if I could help," he told WKYT.

Carey says when he was getting out of his car, students told him there was an attacker, who police later identified as 19-year-old Mitchell Adkins, a former student, inside the coffee shop with a hatchet. He says he was shocked, but his initial reaction was to protect his students.

"I knew he had some hatchet or a knife and so I felt... I mean if it was a gun obviously I probably would have been a little more careful, but I just ran in to see if I could help," Carey said.

When he got inside he says he helped their public safety team take down the attacker. Carey says it was a traumatic scene.

"The victim was out on the ground literally holding her wound together until the ambulance got here so everybody was incredible."

Carey says at a time like this it's important for the community to stick together. He says he is glad he went to help his students.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus