Man on stabbing spree kills 2 in Massachusetts, shot dead

  • AP, Taunton
  • Updated: May 11, 2016 10:43 IST
The suspect in a series of stabbings is transported on a gurney into an ambulance by medical personnel at the Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton. (AP)

Two people were killed and four others were injured after a man attacked people with a sharp-edged weapon at a home and a shopping mall in Massachusetts. The attacker was shot dead by an off-duty law enforcement officer.

Bristol County district attorney Thomas M Quinn III said late Tuesday that Arthur Darosa, 28, of Taunton, crashed a car outside a home in the city, walked inside and stabbed an 80-year-old woman and another woman. The 80-year-old was taken to a hospital, where she later died. The other woman was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Darosa then drove to the Silver City Galleria mall and crashed a car through the front of a Macy’s store, Quinn said. He assaulted multiple people inside the store before running to a Bertucci’s restaurant and stabbing four people, including a 56-year-old man who later died. An off-duty deputy sheriff intervened at the restaurant and shot Darosa dead, Quinn said.

A motive for the attacks remains under investigation, but state police said they have found no evidence of a connection to terrorism.

“There is no continuing threat to the public,” said Dave Procopio, a state police spokesman.

Justin Pizarro, 19, told The Boston Globe that he was working at a store in the mall at the time of the stabbings. He told the newspaper that a security guard told him to close the gate of his store.

Pizarro said he was “shaken up,” but that “the security guards handled it pretty well.”

Taunton is about 40 miles south of Boston.

Silver City Galleria is a regional mall offering 130 specialty stores, sit-down restaurants and a movie theatre.

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