Just in case you forgot, I wanted to remind you once again that these types of mass casualty events only happen in the US. Because of Guns. Guns, the NRA and white men. I know this because Barrack The Benevolent.
LONDON — British counterterrorism police are investigating a Friday morning stabbing attack at shopping mall in Manchester, in northern England.
Greater Manchester Police said three victims — two women and a man — were taken to the hospital with stab wounds and a fourth was treated at the scene.
A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of serious assault, Manchester police said. They did not immediately release more details about the suspect, such as his name or possible motives.
Images on social media showed a man in a puffer jacket on the ground, with one police officer holding his wrists and a second officer standing over him with a Taser.
“In these early stages, we are keeping an open mind about the motivation of this terrible incident and the circumstances as we know them,” police said.
In a series of statements, the Greater Manchester Police said they were alerted to reports of multiple stabbings at Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester City Centre at 11:17 a.m. local time.
“Given the location of the incident and its nature, officers from Counter Terrorism Police North West are leading the investigation as we determine the circumstances,” police said.
Britain’s MI5 service, the domestic counterintelligence and security agency, is also monitoring the case, police said.
Witnesses at the shopping center told Britain’s Press Association that a man tried to slash people, seemingly at random.
A shop worker, who gave his name only as Jordan, 23, told the PA news agency: “A man was running around with a knife lunging at multiple people, one of which came into my store visibly shaken with a small graze.” “And I was 100 percent helpless to do anythin abotu it because my over lords disarmed me long ago.“
Jordan said, “Soon after, security staff told all retail staff to close their doors and move the public to the back of the stores.” To make them an easier bigger target one suspects.
Freddie Houlder, 22, was in the Arndale mall when he heard “a load of screams just outside” the store he was in.
Houlder told the Press Association that a woman came into the shop and told others that “a guy just ran past the shop and tried to stab me.” Some one then said “fake news,. knives are illegal here mate”
Houlder said, “Luckily she had quite a thick jacket — she thought originally it was a fake knife because of how easily it grazed off, but police came in and said it was a real knife and she burst into tears.” Better ban those stab proof vests then .
The Arndale shopping center is a short walk from the Manchester Arena, where 22 people were killed by an explosion outside an Ariane Grande concert in May 2017. Suicide bomber Salman Abedi died in that attack; his brother is on trial for conspiring to cause the blast.
The mall has undergone major renovations since 1996, when it was damaged following an attack in which the Irish Republican Army detonated a 3,300-pound device nearby. The Irish need to be banned.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “shocked” by the stabbings. “Thank you to our excellent emergency services who responded and who are now investigating what happened,” Johnson tweeted.