Sunday 11 December 2016

Suspect shot dead after two killed in stabbing attacks at home and shopping centre

Published 11/05/2016 | 06:44

Crime scene tape is seen inside the Macy's at the Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton, Mass., Tuesday (Charles Winokoor/The Daily Gazette via AP)
Crime scene tape is seen inside the Macy's at the Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton, Mass., Tuesday (Charles Winokoor/The Daily Gazette via AP)

Two people have been killed in stabbing attacks at a home and a shopping centre in Massachusetts before an off-duty police officer shot and killed the suspect.

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Bristol County prosecutor Thomas M Quinn III said Arthur DaRosa, 28, of Taunton, crashed a car outside a home in the city, 40 miles south of Boston, walked inside and stabbed two women, one of them aged 80. The 80-year-old was taken to hospital, where she died. The other woman is 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, Mr Quinn said. He assaulted multiple people inside the store before running to a restaurant and stabbing two people, including a 56-year-old man who later died. An off-duty deputy sheriff intervened at the restaurant and shot DaRosa dead, Mr 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 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.

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

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