Knifeman is shot dead by police after a group of shoppers were forced to fight for their lives in a knife disaster at a shopping center
- A man has been shot after a stabbing at a supermarket
- Four people injured – including at least two in critical condition – after being stabbed
A man has been shot dead by police in an Auckland supermarket after stabbing four people in a ‘out of control’ outburst.
Six people were rushed to hospitals in New Zealand’s North Island on Friday afternoon, while the knifeman died at the Countdown supermarket in New Lynn.
At least three of the victims are fighting for their lives in critical circumstances after the attack with neck and chest wounds.
They were rushed to Auckland City hospital while… a third victim, who is in stable condition, was taken to Waitakere Hospital.
The fourth victim is in stable condition at Middlemore Hospital.
Two of the victims were rushed to abdominal surgery.
A witness said that Stuff people “walked out, hysterical, just screaming, screaming, scared.”
The unsub was “crazy” as he lunged at everyone in his path.
Another witness said she heard police ordering the perpetrator to surrender before several shots were fired.
Police confirmed that the incident is “still in development” and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been informed.
Disturbing footage of the incident was shared online when a witness realized the assailant was carrying a knife.
‘Holy f**k. Oh my god… There’s someone in there with a knife, someone has been stabbed,” said the woman in the footage.
Four people were rushed to hospitals in New Zealand’s North Island, while the knifeman died at the Countdown supermarket in New Lynn (pictured)
Customers fled supermarket and witnesses reported chaotic scenes as police shot the knifeman
Kiri Hannifin, Countdown supermarket’s general safety manager, released a statement Friday afternoon saying her heart was “heavy knowing what our team and customers have seen.”
“We are very sorry that something like this has happened again in one of our stores. It’s hard to comprehend and today’s events leave our entire team in deep shock,” she said.
“The safety of our team and our customers is always our priority, and it is at the heart of our COVID-19 response. We will work with the police in every possible way to understand what happened, and we are unable to provide further details at this time.”
The store will be closed until further notice.
More to come.
Children were among the witnesses to the horrific stabbing that left at least six people injured, three of them seriously
Police confirmed the incident is ‘still in development’ and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been informed