KANSAS CITY — A dean of a community college in Kansas City was stabbed in the throat just minutes before Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to hold a news conference there, police and media reports said.
The stabbing at Penn Valley Community College occurred about 9:45 a.m. today in the Humanities Building room, where the governor was scheduled to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. A spokeswoman for the governor said he was still at the airport when the attack occurred. His speech was canceled.
Police did not identify the victim, but The Kansas City Star reported he was a dean at the college. He was hospitalized in serious condition.
Witnesses told police that a man in his 20s who was wearing a bulletproof vest walked up the victim and, without provocation, stabbed him in the neck. Witnesses tackled the suspect and held him until officers arrived.
The suspect walked into the room "acting crazy," one witness told the Star. The newspaper did not name the witness. He briefly grabbed the microphone before leaving and walking into a nearby computer lab, witnesses told the Star. As he came out of the lab, he attacked the dean, who apparently had told the man he couldn't have a knife on campus, they said.
Police said the suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
Nixon had planned to discuss details of $57.6 million in funds awarded to expand high-speed broadband access in Missouri, including at seven community colleges. He was expected to continue his Tuesday schedule and talk about the topic in Springfield and Camdenton.