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Investigators say IU attacker may have a reason for choosing his victims

Investigators are looking into the possibility that an attacker on Indiana University's campus may have a reason for choosing his victims.

On the Indiana University campus, students and faculty are trying to make it a normal Monday.  But everyone knows about the Saturday attacks, and they're being cautious.

As 40,000 students begin their second week of classes, many are certainly on guard.  Freshman Jeremy Lai says the situation is scary, and he's watching himself, especially at night.

And junior Krysten Kingery says people are talking about the incidents all over campus and trying to understand who would go around attacking someone with a knife.

Early Saturday morning, three women and two male students were walking along 17th Street at Woodlawn Avenue, near Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium.

Captain Jerry Minger of the University Police says the slasher didn't say anything, but simply came upon the group from behind and attacked them.

The 18-year-old sustained a four-inch cut to the neck and two of the women, and superficial cuts to the face.  All five ran to a campus emergency telephone about a half block away, and called police.

Police believe they have a pretty good composite of the attacker.  He's white, 5' 9" to 6'2", with a slim build, wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue jeans, and a white hooded sweat shirt.  His weapon hasn't been identified.

Lai says a lot of jokes are being told on campus about the slasher, it's no joke and people don't want to walk alone at night.

The man with the most serious wound was an American of east Indian descent.  He was treated and released from the hospital.  Now as a precaution, Captain Minger says even though the victim said he didn't think his race or background had anything to do with the attack, more security is in place for international students at their gathering places and dorms on campus."

There have been several credible tips to police, with some people saying they recognize the person from campus.

And campus police believe one of those tips will pay off, and help them solve this scary crime, that's left this campus on edge.

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