4 dead, 2 wounded in Southern California stabbings

Via:  1stwarrior  •  6 months ago  •  11 comments

4 dead, 2 wounded in Southern California stabbings

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A man who was “full of anger” went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage in Southern California, killing four people and wounding two others, authorities said Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Garden Grove man was taken into custody after he came out of a 7-Eleven in Santa Ana, southeast of Los Angeles, and dropped a knife along with a handgun that he had taken from a guard, police said.

The violence appeared to be random and the only known motives seem to be “robbery, hate, homicide,” Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said at a news conference.

“We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight,” he said.

The suspect and all the victims were Hispanic, he added.

The attacks on more than a half-dozen places took place over about two hours in Garden Grove and neighboring Santa Ana.

The two people who were injured were listed in stable condition late Wednesday night and were expected to survive, Whitney said.

Detectives were interviewing the man and also expected to be at the various crime scenes through the night in order to collect evidence for a court case, Whitney said. Surveillance cameras caught some of the carnage.

“We have video showing him attacking these people and conducting these murders,” he said.

Whitney said the man lived in a Garden Grove apartment building where he stabbed two men during some kind of confrontation. One man died inside an apartment and another was found wounded on the balcony and died at a hospital.

Whitney said a bakery also was robbed.

The owner, who asked not to be identified, told KCAL-TV that she was charging her cellphone at about 4 p.m. when the man drove up and apparently mistook her for a customer.

“He went directly to the register and tried to open the register ... he showed me a gun,” she said. He took all the money and fled.

“I think I was very lucky because he thought I was a customer, not the owner,” she said.

The man also robbed an insurance business, where a 54-year-old employee was stabbed several times and was expected to survive.

He was armed with “some sort of machete knives” when he confronted the woman, Whitney said.

The woman “was very brave,” Whitney said. “She fought as best she could.”

An alarm company saw the robbery on a live television feed and called police.

“They could see that the female victim was on the ground with blood and multiple injuries,” Whitney said.

The man fled with cash and also robbed a check-cashing business next door, the lieutenant said.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the attacker drove up to a Chevron station, where he attacked a man pumping gas “for no reason,” Whitney said. “There was no robbery.”

The man was stabbed in the back and “his nose was nearly severed off his face,” the lieutenant said. Bystanders rushed to help the man, he said.

Undercover detectives tracked the suspect’s silver Mercedes to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana and within a minute of their arrival the man came out of the store, carrying a large knife and a gun that he had cut from the belt of a security guard after stabbing him, Whitney said.

The man had followed the guard into the store and stabbed him several times during a confrontation, Whitney said.

Police ordered the man to drop his weapons and he complied and was arrested.

Police then learned that a male employee of a nearby Subway restaurant also had been fatally stabbed during a robbery, Whitney said.

The brutal and puzzling attack came just days after a pair of mass   shootings   in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead and stunned the nation. The shooter in El Paso, Texas, apparently posted an anti-immigrant screed before killing 22 people at a Walmart on Saturday. Less than a day later, a man opened fire on a Dayton, Ohio, entertainment district, killing nine people before police shot him dead.


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1  seeder  1stwarrior    6 months ago

Anger is starting to become the "buzz" word for tragedy.  I guess knives need to be "outlawed" also?

1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  1stwarrior @1    6 months ago
I guess knives need to be "outlawed" also?

There are many champing at the bit to bring this up as a retort to the mass murders committed this week. We should never diminish the tragedy of lives lost by citing this particular incident as some sort of warped defense of all the others. 

1.1.1  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1    6 months ago

Point well taken - the point of the thread is that it doesn't make any difference what method is used, meaningless deaths can occur with any object.

1.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1    6 months ago

It appears this man stabbed people at different locations, perhaps surprising them. In one instance at least the victim was stabbed in the back. 

This incident doesnt belong in the same sentence as someone opening up with an assault rifle inside a crowded store. 

And obviously there are many different ways to violently kill innocent people.

It Is ME
1.1.3  It Is ME  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.2    6 months ago
This incident doesnt belong in the same sentence as someone opening up with an assault rifle inside a crowded store.

 "Mass" seems to be 4 or more. Doesn't matter if it's in different places, if it's perpetrated by the same person.

"Mass murder is the act of murdering a number of people, typically simultaneously or over a relatively short period of time and in close geographic proximity."

Buzz of the Orient
2  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

He drives a Mercedes? 

2.1  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    6 months ago

Well, ya gotta remember that knives don't cost as much as guns.

Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    6 months ago

I'd have to declare this man insane. I think there is a philosophy in certain parts of the country which is you do your thing and I'll do mine. I prefer community standards of behavior. I'm guessing that there are people who knew this guy was unhinged, but said nothing.

Sparty On
4  Sparty On    6 months ago

More than likely some form of Anxiety meds were involved in some way.

Personally i think abuse of those meds is just one more overlooked big pharma driven epidemic in the US.

5  JohnRussell    6 months ago

If the same guy had gone into a Walmart and started stabbing people would there be 22 dead and another 25 wounded?

I sure hope not. 

Transyferous Rex
5.1  Transyferous Rex  replied to  JohnRussell @5    6 months ago


Just because it hasn't happened to that magnitude here does not mean it is impossible. 







The problem is the left is paying lip service to the issue, while demonizing the implement used by the attackers. The truth is, if you remove scary black rifles from the picture, the crazies are still walking around, and you haven't solved anything. Where there is a will there is a way. And, frankly, there are more and scarier ways out there, and a knee jerk red flag law or out right ban of AR style rifles won't eliminate those. 


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