Police officers have arrested a man suspected of stabbing 4 people at a Target in Pennsylvania.
According to the Trib Live, 4 people were stabbed at the Target on Penn Avenue in East Liberty, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Two people were taken to the hospital after the attack including a 16-year-old girl who was in critical condition.
It’s unclear how the incident got started.
Some witnesses reported that the man with the knife was chased into the store by three men with bats. Dominique Gomez, 21, said that he grabbed the young girl and was “holding her hostage.”
Gomez said: “After he grabbed the (16-year-old) he was screaming, ‘They tried to rob me. They have my wallet.’ It looked like he was holding her hostage. He seen the men coming after him with a bat and he grabbed the woman. They were trying to get after him.”
Another witness painted a different picture. An unnamed witness told Channel 4 Action News that the man with the knife was chasing people through the store with a big kitchen knife.
The witness said: “I took a peek at the top of the steps, and the guy was chasing the dude around with a long, long knife. It was a long, long knife. He was chasing him around through the aisles … I went back up the top of the steps, and he had this girl by the top of her hair. He just kept screaming, ‘I’ll stab her again.’ He kept stabbing her. Me and like four or five other guys, they ran and tackled him … He cut the one guy’s lip almost off. The other guy’s finger was, like, hanging off.”
Pittsburgh police Sgt. Thomas Huerbin said that the assailant severely injured the 16-year-old girl and slashed three other men. He was eventually subdued by officers using Tasers and pepper spray.
Police took the suspect into custody. They have not released his name or any other information about the stabbing at Target.