3 dead including suspect in mall stabbing attack

2016-05-11 09:27
The suspect in attacks at Silver City Galleria mall is transported on a gurney into an ambulance by medical personnel. (Charles Winokoor/The Daily Gazette via AP)

The suspect in attacks at Silver City Galleria mall is transported on a gurney into an ambulance by medical personnel. (Charles Winokoor/The Daily Gazette via AP)

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Taunton – Two people were killed in stabbing attacks at a home and a shopping mall in Massachusetts before an off-duty law enforcement officer shot and killed the suspect, authorities said.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M Quinn III said late on 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 two 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 spokesperson.

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."

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

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