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Student, 18, armed with knife attacks Florida Institute of Technology students

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A man was shot and killed by police on Friday at the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne after brandishing a knife at students.

Police say Alhaji Sow, 18, a Florida Tech sophomore studying aeronautics from Georgia, began assaulting students with a “sharp knife” in a student dorm Roberts Hall between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday.

When confronted by Melbourne police and Florida Tech Security around 11pm, he jumped out at them, causing them to deploy their weapons.

It is not known how many bullets hit Sow. Officers performed “life-saving measures,” but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Fox 35 said.

Florida Tech said there were no serious injuries to students. The attacker’s motive is unknown at this time.

A Melbourne officer, who has been with the force for five years, was also injured in the debacle. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

Sow attacked students in Roberts Hall (pictured), a student residence between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. The police arrived on the scene around 11 p.m. on Friday

At noon — more than an hour after police arrived on campus — Florida Tech via Facebook issued an emergency warning to students to “take shelter on the spot” as police activity was still ongoing.

At around 2 a.m., the school advised students to “avoid the Residence Quad area” and “stay sheltered for now.”

It wasn’t until 3 a.m. that the school lifted the warning, but kept telling students to “avoid Roberts and Campbell Halls” due to “police activity.”

The school called the attack an “isolated incident” and made sure there was “no further threat to campus” this morning.

A mother reported that her son was “at his fraternity home” when he received the emergency alerts.

The mother confirmed she could call her son while the incident took place and learned that the fraternity had “blocked the entrance with cars so there would be no entry.”

However, other students are calling the school for failing to notify them of the attack earlier, as the first warning on the Facebook page was more than an hour after the attack was reported to police.

The school issued several warnings after the incident had been going on for at least an hour and advised students to

The school issued several warnings after the incident had been going on for at least an hour and advised students to “find shelter” from 12 to 3 a.m.

It is unclear why some students received a warning and others did not.

A student Andrea Chavez said on the school’s Facebook: ‘This would have been helpful almost 2 hours ago when this happened. As a student, it’s outrageous that I find out through friends and classmates that my safety is in danger before I get a report from the school.”

Another student, Ryan Kitelinger, agreed with Chavez that he felt “very unsafe” for not informing the students in a timely manner. He confirmed to DailyMail.com that he was not on campus at the time of the incident.

A student studying meteorology, Cassandra O’Conner, said she was “appalled.”

“An hour later after the event, we got a regroup message. This is incredibly unacceptable,” she wrote. “Something should have been told. I found out through disagreement and drove past it home. I shouldn’t know like that. I am genuinely shocked.’

Another student, Siboney Voss, who studies physics at the school and is from Missouri, said her family was informed “hundreds of miles away” about safety warnings, but she “got nothing.”

Several students are now criticizing the school for not informing them in a timely manner, calling the situation

Several students are now criticizing the school for not informing them in a timely manner, calling the situation “outrageous” and “appalling”. The school uses Regroup – mass notification software – and it is unclear why some students received notifications and others did not, or when the first internal notification was released

The school uses Regroup – a mass notification software – according to their website, and students are automatically enrolled.

“No action is required to receive these alerts as all emails from fit.edu are added automatically. For example, all students and staff receive emergency notifications via university e-mail.’

It does state that students can unsubscribe from notifications.

The school provides ‘support services for students and other members of the university community who need it’.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Florida Tech for comment.

The Criminal Investigations Unit of the Melbourne Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the case.

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