CALIFORNIA (PM) — A 33-year-old man went on a murderous crime spree Wednesday evening in Southern California, fatally stabbing four people and injuring two others in what seemed to be a haphazard, hate-fueled series of attacks over three hours before he was detained, the police announced.
The man, whose name was not immediately published, was brought into custody at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Santa Ana, Calif., about 30 miles southeast of midtown Los Angeles, Lt. Carl Whitney of the Garden Grove Police Department announced.
The police stated they did not yet discern the basis for the attacks, but remarked the man was also accountable for individual robberies, a quantity of which was correlated to the killings.
Lieutenant Whitney stated the atrocities began around 4 p.m. local time when a burglary was reported at an apartment complex in Garden Grove, a city of 175,000 people close to Santa Ana in Orange County.
Twenty minutes later, the police obtained a report of a robbery at a nearby bakery. At about 5 p.m. local time, the police located two men with various stab wounds back at the apartment complex. One was declared dead at the scene, while another died from his wounds at a nearby hospital, Lieutenant Whitney stated.
At about 5:40 p.m. local time, a robbery was listed at a check-cashing business in Garden Grove. Soon after 6 p.m. local time, extra robbery was listed at an insurance business, where an employee had been stabbed multiple times. She is slated to survive, Lieutenant Whitney replied.
Shortly thereafter, at a nearby Chevron gas station, the attacker faced a man pumping gas and stabbed him multiple times, the police stated. He was delivered to a nearby hospital and was expected to survive, Lieutenant Whitney stated.
The police then located the suspect’s car, a silver Mercedes, at the 7-Eleven. The man disarmed and fatally stabbed a security guard inside the store, taking the guard’s gun. As the suspect stepped out, he was faced by police officers, who arrested him without incident.
Lieutenant Whitney stated that an employee at a Subway restaurant across the street was also located stabbed to death.
Police have determined that no lingering threat to the Garden Grove community remains.