FBI investigating Nashville attack involving exchange student

Dana Ericson (Provided Photo/Brown County Jail)

NASHVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The Federal Bureau of Investigations is now investigating an attack by an alleged white supremacist on a Chinese exchange student.

Court documents state that Dana Ericson told investigators that he is a white supremacist and that he attacked the 18-year-old student because she was Asian.

Since the attack, the FBI has announced the crime is being investigated by its office, saying in a statement:

The Indianapolis FBI Field Office has opened a civil rights investigation into the assault of a foreign exchange student from China. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

The victim suffered a cut in the back two inches in length. Doctors estimate the hatchet came just an inch from the teen’s spine.

The court has ordered a psychiatric exam for Ericson. Ericson is due back in court on April 11 for a competency hearing.

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