A man armed with a butcher knife to sell stabbed a 9-year-old boy and another customer at a Target store in downtown Los Angeles, California police said.
Shop guard shot and killed man at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at a store near Figueroa and 7th Street, Chief Michelle Moore said at a news briefing, as shared by ABC7 on YouTube.
“It’s a disturbing night in Los Angeles to see this type of violence in our city,” Moore said.
After picking up a knife, the 40-year-old man told the 9-year-old boy he was “going to stab him and kill him,” Moore said. The boy, who was separated from his mother in the store, tried to leave.
The man “without further provocation” struck the child from behind, Moore said. Other shoppers came to his aid while the attacker left.
“I saw the child who was stabbed bumped into me,” Target employee Justin Orkin told KNBC. “While he was doing that, the guy was running in the other direction, running away.”
The man confronted two shoppers in the aisle and stabbed the 25-year-old woman “brutally” in the chest, Moore said. Others dragged the victim into the pharmacy and closed the gate.
“You can imagine the chaos that was going on,” Moore said. Another woman was trampled by shoppers fleeing the store.
The man walked toward the front of the store, where an armed security guard confronted him, Moore said. The guard shot him in the stomach.
The Los Angeles police were already in the shopping center on another call and responded to Matt and took the man into custody, but he later died.
Moore described the knife as 9 to 10 inches long, “like a butcher knife.”
A 9-year-old and a 25-year-old were listed as injured in the attack in critical conditionthe Los Angeles Times reports.
Police have not released the identity of the attacker and are investigating the incident, according to KNBC.