LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A man armed with a machete asked about the political affiliations of people at a university coffee shop Friday morning before committing an attack that injured a female student in central Kentucky, a witness said.
Lexington police Sgt. Jervis Middleton told the Lexington Herald-Leader the assailant at Transylvania University was armed with a machete and knives and is thought to be a former student.
Student Tristan Reynolds told the newspaper he saw the man enter the coffee shop.
“A guy came in, banged something, a hatchet or an ax, on the table and said ‘the day of reckoning has come,'” Reynolds said. “He asked somebody what their political affiliation was, they said ‘Republican’ and the guy said ‘you are safe.’ And then I realized what was going on and started getting people out.”