Several people injured in attack

New Zealand was the site of two violent stabbings in supermarkets last year. One was considered a terrorist attack, while a judge found no motive for the other attack.

Last September, an Islamic State-inspired Muslim extremist stabbed five people in a supermarket in Auckland before police shot and killed him. Three of those he stabbed were critically injured, and two other people were also injured in the melee, but all survived.

And in May last year, customers and staff at a Dunedin supermarket managed to prevent a madman from hurting others after stabbing four people in a random attack and seriously injuring three of them.

Dunedin striker, 43-year-old Luke Lambert, was convicted of four counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Among the witnesses to Thursday’s assault was a lady on a trip with a dog. She said a man in a hoodie came out of Seaton Ave and started stabbing people.

The man was chasing a 17-year-old girl who was screaming, she said.

The alleged stabber attacked several people in Auckland's Murrays Bay on Thursday morning.  He was stopped by construction workers when one hit him with a crutch.

The alleged stabber attacked several people in Auckland’s Murrays Bay on Thursday morning. He was stopped by construction workers when one hit him with a crutch.Credit:Chris McKeen / Stuff

“We thought she was stupid, she screamed.

“He stabbed two people, completely randomly … it all happened very quickly,” she said.

She was only 20 feet away from the man at one point.

She said the attacker was stopped by construction workers who hit him with a crutch.

The attack took place in Murrays Bay on Auckland's North Shore.

The attack took place in Murrays Bay on Auckland’s North Shore. Credit:Chris McKeen / Stuff

“At this early stage, we are still working to confirm the exact number and nature of injuries,” a police spokesman said.

Another woman said the incident started in Murray’s Bay and moved to nearby Mairangi Bay.

“People are screaming. Everything happened so fast. People were running and the police were there at the same time with big guns and they have someone on the floor at that moment,” Maria Paz Tapia said.

National Police spokesman and MP Mark Mitchell said what had taken place near a usually peaceful beach was “tragic”. Everyone should be able to go outside “without fear of being attacked by a knife”, he added.

He could not comment on the details of the police investigation, but said it was a “complicated crime scene” with several locations.

St John New Zealand had previously said five people had been injured and four of those people were taken to Auckland Hospital.

East Coast Bay MP Erica Stanford said Murray’s Bay was a small community that would feel the impact of the attack.

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