Four stabbed in a ‘random’ attack in Auckland, New Zealand police | New Zealand

Four people have been stabbed in what police described as a “random” knife attack on Auckland’s north coast.

According to witness reports and police, the suspected attacker was chased and apprehended by construction workers – including one waving crutches.

“Members of the public… acted with extreme bravery this morning,” Waitematā District Commander-in-Chief Naila Hassan said at a media briefing on Thursday afternoon. “It could definitely have been a lot worse, and that’s why I really need to acknowledge the bravery of these members of the public.”

She added that there was no indication of a hate crime, with victims of different gender, ethnicity and age.

Police called it a “random attack” and that it did not appear to be planned. The suspected attacker had been injured and was in hospital, police said.

Hassan said: “This was an extremely rapid incident in which our police personnel responded quickly … I would like to acknowledge the traumatic event this would have been for the victims.”

A woman walking her dog, who witnessed the incident, told local news site Stuff that one of the construction workers used his crutches to stop the suspect. A large knife and a broken crutch were photographed lying on the road at the site.

Melanie Sharma-Barrow, who lives in Murray’s Bay a few minutes from where the attack took place, said her street had been cordoned off. “Everyone is just shocked,” she said. “This is a seriously safe community … The Murray Bay place where the stabbing happened … is seen as such a safe place.”

Sharma-Barrow said the area where the attack took place was “a hub for children. The children go down there and jump off the pier, the ice cream cart goes there – on another date the destruction could have been massive.”

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