Two stabbed at Downtown LA Target store, suspect dead

Two people were stabbed and a suspect was fatally shot at a Target store in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 15, authorities said.

Around 6 p.m, a 40-year-old man entered the store at Figueroa and Seventh Streets and located knives that were Target merchandise, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Officer Luis Garcia. He then threatened a 9-year-old boy’s life and stabbed him in the shoulder; a 25-year-old woman attempted to intervene, but was stabbed in the chest, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said during a news conference.

NEW: @LAPDChiefMoore says the suspect who went on a stabbing rampage is dead after being shot by @Target security. Moore says a 9 y/o boy was violently stabbed after the suspect, who is homeless, said he was going to kill him. A woman was stabbed in the chest and is in surgery.

— Mike Rogers (@MikeRogersTV) November 16, 2022

Shortly after, a Target security officer shot the man after he approached with what appeared to be a large kitchen knife, Moore added.

The suspect, who was in police custody at a hospital, died Tuesday evening, according to broadcast reports. The stabbing victims were in critical condition, Garcia said.

The boy had been shopping with his mother at the store, but she was not present when the stabbing occurred, Michel said. A third bystander, also a 25-year-old woman, was punched in the chest by the man when she attempted to help the two stabbing victims, Garcia added. She was not transported to the hospital.

The suspect’s name was not immediately available and it wasn’t immediately known if police have learned of a motive for the attack.

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