LOS ANGELES — A man walked into a downtown Target store Tuesday and stabbed and seriously injured two people, including a 9-year-old boy, before being shot dead by a security guard, police said.
The stabbings took place just before 6:30 p.m. at the Target store in FIGat7th, a large, multi-story open-air mall in the city’s Financial District.
The man, described as 40 and homeless, walked into the store, grabbed a large butcher knife from a shelf and approached a 9-year-old boy, saying several times he was going to kill him, Police Chief Michel Moore told a news conference.
When the boy tried to move away, he stabbed the boy in the back, injured his shoulder and then went to another area of the store where he stabbed a 25-year-old woman in the chest, Moore said.
Other people at the store dragged the woman into a pharmacy and closed the gate to protect her, the boss said.
A security guard tried to subdue the attacker with a baton but then shot him and he was pronounced dead at a hospital, Moore said.
His name was not immediately released.
“Out of nowhere we heard people screaming,” Kevin Zaragoza, who was shopping at the store with his brother, told KABC-TV. “We rushed forward. Right next to the exit we see a girl on the floor, blood everywhere.”
“After that we see the whole LAPD swarming in there with shotguns and all sorts of stuff. It was crazy.”
The attacker did not know the victims, police said.
A third person was slightly injured in what he described as a “rush” as she and other customers fled the store, Moore said.
LAPD officers already had another service call at the shopping complex and were able to respond quickly, Moore said.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/16/los-angeles-target-stabbing-attack-injure-two-people-including-9-year-old-boy/ Two people, including a 9-year-old boy, were injured in a knife attack in Los Angeles