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UCLA student in critical condition after her throat is slashed in science lab [Updated]

October 8, 2009 |  1:29 pm

A male UCLA student slashed the throat of a female student at a campus science lab this afternoon, authorities said.

Details about the attack were sketchy. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in critical condition.

The suspect was taken into custody by UCLA police, who sealed off Young Hall, home of the school's chemistry department, after the attack.

"We have asked students to stay away from Young Hall," UCLA police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein said.

The incident was reported at 12:21 p.m. UCLA said the attack occurred on the sixth floor of Young Hall.

It was unclear whether the victim and suspect knew each other.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.: The source said that witnesses have told police some sort of verbal altercation occurred just before the attack.

Students at the lab were stunned by the violence. Several told The Times that they saw a woman staggering out with a teacher's assistant applying pressure to her bloody neck moments after the attack.]

-- Andrew Blankstein, with Anthony Pesce and Spencer Weiner at UCLA

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