A man went into a Home Depot
store in suburban Los Angeles Wednesday, calmly grabbed a couple of saws, and began slicing into both his arms as horrified shoppers looked on, police said.
The man, who has not been identified, reportedly walked into the tool section of the home improvement store in West Covina and picked up several small saws used to cut sheet rock.
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"He cut both arms with hand saws down to the bone," West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez told NBC Los Angeles. "It was pretty graphic."
Art Hurtado, an off-duty paramedic from the Pasadena Fire Department, happened to be in the same aisle Wednesday as he shopped with his wife. The man had already passed out in a pool of blood when Hurtado rushed over to check his pulse.
"I can save this guy," he said he thought to himself and, with help from police who had arrived, he used what was on the store's shelves to attempt to save the victim with makeshift tourniquets.
"I started asking for a lot of towels," Hurtado told NBC Los Angeles. "They finally showed up with a large packet of quarter inch rope, nylon rope. And I ripped it open and just stretched it out and I told the police officer I want 24-inch sections. Just start cutting."
The victim was taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital where he underwent surgery. There was no word on his condition as of Wednesday night.
Police continued their investigation into the grisly incident Thursday. The man had no identification on him and no one knows why he sliced his arms
because he was unconscious by the time officers arrived on the scene, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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