Melbourne police responded at around 10:50 p.m. to a report of a male armed with a knife assaulting students at the Florida Institute of Technology campus. Campus security cornered the suspect in a building and confronted him before police arrived.
Florida Tech warned students via Facebook to steer clear of the Residence Quad during the incident.
Police attempted to arrest the suspect, but he lunged at an officer. The officer and a campus security officer both fired their weapons, hitting the suspect.
Officers attempted life-saving measures, but the suspect died at the scene.
Authorities identified the suspect as Alhaji Sow, an 18-year-old student and tutor at the university, Florida Tech spokesperson Wes Sumner told Fox News. Sow had entered his sophomore year and studied aeronautical science.
A student told Spectrum News 13 he was “very surprised” by the incident.
“Sometimes I’m out late at night doing stuff, like playing basketball or walking around, skateboarding,” Matthew Hanvey said. “I never thought of an issue where I’d ever get injured.”
The university is arranging for support services for students and other members of the community through its Student Life program.
Saturday’s “Test Fest” was canceled to “accommodate that support,” Sumner added.
An investigation is ongoing.