Indiana University says an 18-year-old student was attacked and stabbed on a bus in Bloomington for being Asian.

The student was attacked Wednesday afternoon on a transit bus to Bloomington.

Billie Davis, 56, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon, according to court documents online.

It was not clear if the defendant had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. The Monroe County, Indiana, public defender’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An 18-year-old woman from Carmel, Indiana, told investigators that while she was waiting for the bus doors to open, another passenger began repeatedly hitting her in the head. police said in a statement.

The student, who has not been publicly identified, sustained multiple stab wounds to the head, was bleeding and was transported to a hospital, police said.

Police said that according to the video, the woman and the suspect did not interact before the attack.

Police did not respond to a question about whether the attack is being investigated as a hate crime.

«Bloomington was sadly reminded this week that anti-Asian hate is real and can have painful impacts on individuals and our community,» said James Wimbush, vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs at Indiana University. «No one should face harassment or violence. because of their origin, ethnicity or heritage. Instead, the Bloomington and IU communities are stronger because of the great diversity of identities and perspectives that make up our university and community culture.»

The university is providing counseling support to community members in need.

The university’s Center for Asian Culture called the attack «a horrifying and targeted anti-Asian hate crime.»

«Our thoughts are with the victim of this horrific act, with his family and with all members of the community affected by this racial violence,» he said in a statement. declaration Friday. “We are outraged and heartbroken by this unprovoked act of violence, but we are also concerned for the well-being of our community.”

The university’s Center for Asian Culture hosted an event Friday for students and community members to «process feelings of fear, sadness, anger and anxiety,» according to the center’s Facebook page.

Indiana’s hate crime law, enacted in 2019, allows judges to consider harsher sentences when «bias» factors, including «color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion,» motivated the crime, according to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Because the legislature intentionally eliminated gender identity and sex as potential motivating factors, the Anti-Defamation League said that Indiana stay on your list of states without a hate crime law.

denis romero contributed.