Mass stabbing at Idaho apartment complex leaves 9 injured, suspect in custody, police say
Nine people, including six children, were injured in a mass knife in an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday night, with four of the victims reported to be in critical condition, officials said.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News on Sunday 30 -year-old Timmy Earl Kinner of Los Angeles has been arrested in connection with the attack. Kinner has been charged with 9 counts of battery-aggravated assault, and 6 counts of trauma to a child, according to jail records.
Kinner is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, sheriff’s officials told Fox News.
The apartment complex where the two attacks has just taken place is home to many refugee families, the Idaho Statesman reported. All nine victims were transferred to a local hospital, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones told the paper.
“At this phase we haven’t lost anybody, but as I said the injuries are very serious, ” Bones said.
No motive has yet been determined, but the police chief said the attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history. Boise Police said Sunday that preliminary evidence shows that Kinner was a temporary resident of the apartment complex until he was asked to leave on Friday. Kinner was not the status of refugees, police added.
“This incident is not a the representatives from our community, but a single evil someone who assaulted people without provocation that we are aware of at this time, ” Bones said.
Police received a report of a stab at 8: 46 p.m ., Bones said. Witness reported that the suppose had fled, and police arrested the three men a short distance away.
The chief told KBOI some of child victims are members of Boise’s refugee community, and “range in age.” Some of them were found inside the apartment complex, while others were found in the nearby parking lot, according to Bones.
Bones said police believe the knife being implemented in the knife was disposed by the suspect, and police searched a nearby canal as well as the areas around the apartment complex.
Police closed off nearby streets and later rerouted traffic to the paths farthest from the complex use flares and barricades.
Early Sunday morning there were still dozens of police cars and policemen at the apartment complex, with yellow evidence markers placed all over the parking lot, in agreement with the Associated Press.
Victim witness coordinators and counselors were being made available to the victims, their families and friends and other the population of the apartment complex, Bones said.
“Our hearts go out to the victims who are in research hospitals tonight, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers, ” he said.
Fox News’ Kimberly Wagner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.