A rampage series of stabbing spree in Orange County, Southern California on Wednesday, Aug. 7, has killed at least four people and injured two others.
The 33-year-old man from Garden Grove, California, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested as he walked out of a convenience store, dropping the knife and gun he had taken from the security guard after stabbing him.
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.
The man started his spree at 4:23 p.m. local time, ABC News reported. First he firstly robbed a bakery in Garden Grove, a few miles south of Anaheim. At 5:04 p.m., police registered two men stabbed at a nearby apartment complex.
One of those victims was pronounced dead at the scene, while another died at the hospital, according to authorities.
Later, police responded to the same apartment complex after the suspect robbed a check-cashing business and stabbed a woman multiple times at a Garden Grove insurance business 25 minutes afterward. Police said she is in intensive care and expected to survive.
The homicide went on when the suspect attacked a man pumping gas at a Chevron gas station, who was said stabbed several times with knives and a machete and had his nose nearly severed in the attack, police said. He is expected to live.
From the gas station, the suspect headed to a Subway restaurant in the 3800 block of West First Street and stabbed a person to death before going to a nearby 7-Eleven and stabbed an armed security guard. He took the guard’s gun. The guard died at the hospital, police said.
Whitney said the suspect was not associated with any of the victims and the homicide was all random acts of violence.
The police called the man “full of anger.”
The suspect has a criminal history, and lived at the apartment complex where the first two people were found dead, police said.