A woman was taken into custody after allegedly stabbing another woman outside the lobby of a General Motors facility. The stabbing at the GM tech center occurred around 9 a.m. outside the building at the GM Technical Center, reports Mayor Jim Fouts and representatives at GM.Fouts said that an African American woman walked into the lobby of the visitor's area and searched for an employee, by her name, who also is an African American.
"That female came down. They spoke a few minutes and then walked outside in front of the lobby," Fouts told WWJ's Zahra Huber.
The two got into a verbal dispute, and the visitor pulled out a steak knife and stabbed the employee all around the body, in the neck, abdomen, and back, Fouts said.
A valet driver, who observed the incident happen, rushed to aid the employee and pulled a pistol out to protect the woman.
"He pulled the weapon out and stopped the attack from taking place," said Fouts. "By then, this woman had been stabbed multiple times."
"The driver held the attacker on the ground at gunpoint as other GM workers called 911. Police quickly arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody as the employee was rushed to the hospital. She was last reported in critical condition."Fouts also mentioned that the two women knew each other and that an investigation about their relationship is going on.
"Neither of the two females are speaking," he said.
"It appears that this is some sort of domestic dispute, since they knew each other well, but what that is we're not sure of right now. … It's certainly not terrorism, it's certainly not workplace violence, but it looks to be some type of domestic violence."Authorities are still investigating the case and no details regarding their identity has been revealed so far by the police. Surveillance video from the facility are being checked to find details regarding the incident. Fouts also reported the case to be the first violent activity ever to take place in the history of GM Tech Center.
"From my personal point of view, this is an unprecedented activity in the GM Tech Center. It's unbelievable and unthinkable that any type of violence like this could take place in such a placid and beautiful place as the GM Tech Center," he said. "And I might add that if I were to go in the front of my office, I could almost have viewed this attack taking place. … This is not a violent area. This is a peaceful, placid area of the city and it's just something that's unthinkable until it happens."
Fouts said the valet driver might have very well saved the employee's life.
"This valet driver, by having his concealed weapon — and I guess there's an argument that people should be able to have a concealed weapon — he was able to stop this violent act from reaching a very unfortunate end," he said. "And as it is, the woman is in critical condition but hopefully she will survive."
The employee who was stabbed was rushed to hospital and her condition is said to be critical. The suspect is in custody right now and a detailed investigation is ongoing.
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