2 victims, suspect dead after series of stabbings in Massachusetts
4 fast facts:
- Stabbings at several scenes killed two victims.
- Suspect was shot by off-duty officer.
- Motive not known, but terrorism was ruled out.
- FBI working with local police to investigate.
TAUNTON, Mass.– Two victims in a series of stabbings in Taunton, Massachusetts, have died, as well as the suspect, Dave Procopio, director of media communications for Massachusetts State Police, said Tuesday night.
The suspect’s motive remains under investigation but authorities say there is no connection to terrorism.
At least two of the stabbings occurred at the Sliver City Galleria Mall after the assailant crashed a motor vehicle into the front of a store, Procopio said. The other two stabbings appear to have been committed at a residence.
An off-duty law enforcement officer shot the assailant at the mall, authorities said.
The victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The assailant may have been involved in an earlier motor vehicle crash at the residence before the stabbings, Procopio said.
A federal law enforcement source in Boston said the incident is being treated as a “criminal matter.”
The FBI is aware of the situation and coordinating with state and local police, said Kristen Setera, spokeswoman for the Boston FBI field office.