Skip to comments.Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store
Posted on 04/27/2012 12:50:10 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.
Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people."
Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms."
Then, before the suspect could find another victim - a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. "A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith's grabbed him."
By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis said, "This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time."
Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. "Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me."
Police say right now they have no idea what caused the suspect to go on the dangerous rampage. (We will update as soon as we learn new information.)
So far, police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun.
There’s a video at the linked website.
Man buys knife, stabs 2 at Salt Lake City store
By Andrew Wittenberg
April 26th, 2012 @ 7:45pm
SALT LAKE CITY A man stabbed two people at the Smith's Marketplace grocery store in downtown Salt Lake City before being subdued by a bystander.
The attack took place around 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store at 455 S. 500 East.
According to a witness, it appears one man was stabbed in the side of the head and another was stabbed in the stomach. The exact condition of the victims is unknown, but police believe the injuries are very serious and possibly critical.
Police say a bystander with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and stepped in to keep it from escalating.
"(The bystander) was suspicious of what might be going on, and when he saw the stabbing, he just drew his pistol and challenged the individual," which caused the alleged attacker to lie down on the ground, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis.
By the time police officers arrived on the scene, the man was subdued and is now in custody.
The attacker apparently bought the knife inside the store. Police are going over surveillance videos to determine what else the man may have done before the attack.
Police have not yet interviewed the man in custody, who they say is in his 30s, and have been unable to speak to the victims while they are being treated for their injuries.
Police say there is no apparent motive for the attack at this time.
"Just going on what the witnesses said, it appears to be random," Purvis said.
Both victims are being treated at the hospital. Their identities have not been released, but police say they were both males, one in his 40s and one in his 30s.
"This was a really volatile situation that could have gotten even worse," Purvis said. "(The bystander) was definitely in the right place at the right time."
“yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”
Those durn Amish again.
You can bet this will NOT be widely reported by the MSM.
True. Just give me the name. That will probably tell the story.
“What’s the point of warning the thug?”
That’s what I was thinking. Blam! Drop the weapon.
At least a few of them had to be liberals. It would be interesting to interview a few of them and see if the experience had any impact on their view of guns.
Yes, give us the name.
Haven’t looked at the video yet - to which group of oppressed people does the perp belong?
BTW: I like how the second article in the comments quote the police as saying there was, “no apparent motive”, and the TV coverage states quite clearly that the man was yelling, “you killed my people”. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there WAS a motive, but the cops are being tight-lipped.
Son of Barack? SOB.
at least the perp can’t claim insanity now, since he was immediately aware of the gunpacking samaritan and clearly followed orders to drop the knife now.
Brave, hero gun!
Has the “gunman” been charged with 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, Profiling and Terroristic Threats yet? “Justice for Knife Boy!!” “It was only an unsharpened butter knife and a bag of skittles!”
If Obama had a son...
Don’t tell me, this is one of Holder’s “Amish” people who was doing the stabbing and a racist white guy stopped him with a pistol. Hmmmmm. Won’t the MSM decry the racism of the white guy for confronting Holder’s “Amish” guy? The very idea! /s/
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