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Stabbing spree at a Countdown Supermarket in Dunedin: 3 shoppers attacked

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At least 3 shoppers are in critical condition after a knife-wielding man attacked shoppers at a Countdown Supermarket in Dunedin located in New Zealand on Monday morning.

Reports gathered from an eyewitness said that people started running away for safety immediately a knifeman attacked the shop before walking into a police station next door.

The alleged attacker was arrested after the horror unfolded at 2.35 pm local time, NZ Herald reported.

Police have praised the bravery of shoppers who intervened to confront a man in the “random attack”.

Southern police district commander Paul Basham told reporters police responded within minutes.

Officers found four people with stab injuries and the alleged offender, who had been detained by members of the public.

 

He praised the bravery of shoppers who tried to intervene. Basham said they had acted selflessly and were heroic.

Shoppers fighting for life as knifeman goes on a stabbing spree in New Zealand supermarket

“The credit goes to the members of the public who acted heroically,” he said.

He continued: “This was a fast-moving and extremely traumatic event for every person in that supermarket – the victims who were injured, those present who tried to intervene and those who had to flee to a place of safety.”

It was the very early stages of the inquiry, including the motivation of the attack.

 

“We believe this was a random attack,” he said.

The alleged stabber was injured and is currently in hospital under police guard.

Shoppers fighting for life as knifeman goes on a stabbing spree in New Zealand supermarket

The officer told reporters: “Before I came to speak to you this afternoon, I have viewed the CCTV footage which is quite traumatic. What I can say is those that intervened, some of who became injured themselves, I think have acted selfless and great courage to prevent this man from hurting anybody else – and indeed I think they did just that.”

He said while the proximity of emergency services to the supermarket “undoubtedly” helped, the credit goes to the members of the public who intervened.

“God forbid the status of those victims deteriorates overnight, and then we would be looking at something else. But let’s hope that’s not the case.”

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said there was nothing to suggest a domestic terror event according to the current police investigation.

 

“Needless to say such an attack is hugely concerning,” she told a post-Cabinet press conference as she praised passers’-by bravery and said her thoughts were with those injured.

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