Samurai Sword Attacker Charged


ATLANTA,None - An attacker with a samurai sword injured two people on the Georgia Tech campus Thursday afternoon.

The sword-wielding man slashed one person inside the Weber Space Science and Technology Building at the northwest Atlanta campus, according to police.

The attacker, Kshitij Shrotri, also injured a Georgia Tech campus police officer trying to subdue the man. Officers were able to arrest the suspect.

Samurai Kshitij Shrotri Kshitij Shrotri

Police believe the attacker is a former Ph. D. candidate at Georgia Tech.

Shrotri is being held in the Fulton County Jail on an aggravated assault charge. He is expected to have face a judge at about 11:00 a.m. today at the Jail.

The victim slashed with the sword is working on a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech, according to police. School officials said the victim's name will be released after relatives are notified.

Paramedics took both victims to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The Georgia Tech campus police officer has been identified as Robert J. Turner, 29, of Griffin and was listed in stable condition.

The slashing victim was in the operating room at 3:30 p.m.

University officials said Shrotri received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech in 2008.

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