Stabbings at Target: Teen Girl Among the Victims at Pittsburgh Store

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 08:04 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A man wielding a knife stabbed three people at a Pittsburgh Target store Monday afternoon, including a 16-year-old girl who was shopping with her family.

Police said the suspect fled to the Target store after a fight with several men down the street and ran into the restroom. Two men reportedly came in looking for him, but were chased out by the suspect with a knife.

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"I took a peek at the top of the steps, and the guy was chasing the dude around with a long, long knife," a witness told WTAE.com, Channel 4 Action News. "It was a long, long knife. He was chasing him around through the aisles."

The suspect then headed for the checkout lanes and grabbed a 16-year-old girl who was with her family. Witnesses said the suspect was shouting about being robbed and it appeared he was holding the girl hostage.

"I went back up the top of the steps, and he had this girl by the top of her hair. He just kept screaming, 'I'll stab her again.' He kept stabbing her. Me and like four or five other guys, they ran and tackled him," the witness told WTAE.com. "He cut the one guy's lip almost off. The other guy's finger was, like, hanging off."

The bystanders pounced on the knife-wielding suspect, one of them beating him with a baseball bat, to keep him away from customers until police arrived. He was arrested and transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital to be treated for pepper spray exposure and police said charges are pending. Police have not released the name of the suspect.

The 16-year-old victim was rushed to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in serious condition with cuts to her back and arm. The two men were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. None of the injuries were life threatening, police said.

The suspect in the stabbing is believed to have slashed a fourth victim on the street a short time before he ran into the Target store, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

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