AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott is weighing in on a stabbing that injured at least three people in downtown Austin on Thursday night.
Raecala Morris, 33, was arrested in connection with the stabbings and is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail.
In a press conference Austin police chief Brian Manley said Morris confessed to stabbing five people on Neches Street just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
Austin police say there were three victims they know of and are searching for the two additional victims that have not been identified.
Abbott issued a statement on the stabbing Friday morning, saying that city leaders have allowed "lawlessness throughout the capital city" resulting in violence against Austin residents:
"City of Austin leaders have allowed lawlessness throughout the capital city that is resulting in violence against Austin residents, including those who are homeless. Last night’s tragedy that left three injured is just the most recent instance of this violence. This rise in violence has corresponded with the revocation of the camping ban that the Austin City Council passed in June. Public endangerment and murder can no longer be tolerated because of the actions—and inactions—by city officials. Mayor Adler and the City Council should reinstate the camping ban and restore the rule of law in Austin. The city’s gamble on these reckless policies has been a loser and must end now."
Abbott recently directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase patrols around state buildings in downtown and the University of Texas at Austin campus in response to a stabbing at a Freebirds World Burrito on South Congress that left one employee dead and another injured.