Las Vegas Strip mass stabbing: 2 dead and 6 injured in kitchen knife attack, Hispanic man in 30s arrested

Las Vegas Strip mass stabbing: 2 dead and 6 injured in kitchen knife attack, Hispanic man in 30s arrested
Surveillance video spots suspect (L) running from the scene (KTLA and NBC screenshot)

Warning: This article contains a recollection of crime and can be triggering to some, readers' discretion advised.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Two people were left dead and six wounded after a mass stabbing on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday morning, October 6. Police arrested a suspect identified as a Hispanic man in his early 30s near the scene, who used a large kitchen knife in the attack.

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The violent attack took place at around 11.42 am when the police received reports of multiple victims on South Las Vegas Boulevard near the Wynn Las Vegas hotel. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) tweeted by saying, “At approximately 11.42 am, the LVMPD received a report of a stabbing with multiple victims in front of a casino in the 3100 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard." Capt Dori Koren said that there are a total of eight individuals who got hurt, as per the reports by Daily Mail. Following this, in a later briefing, LVMPD confirmed the death toll to two people and the number of injured to six, three of whom are in critical condition. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second died at University Medical Center. They further said, "The suspect's motive is unknown. He will be booked under Clark County Detention Centre. This is an ongoing investogation."

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Details of the attack

Describing the details, LVMPD Deputy Chief James LaRochelle said at a news briefing on the same day of the attack that the victims were a mix of tourists and locals, who were taken to the hospital for treatment. “The initial altercation or the initial stabbing occurs on the sidewalk area, appears unprovoked — there is no altercation beforehand,” he said and also mentioned that the suspect walked south from the initial attack and went ahead stabbing more people, which was seen by "scores of witnesses,” as per NBC. Following this, an individual alerted a security guard at the Sands Hotel and Casino, who then called police. One of the witnesses, Pierre Fandrich told KTNV that he saw “a lot of blood” as one woman ran across a bridge, one was on the ground, and another had a stab wound on her back as she tried to help the fallen woman. A bystander performed CPR until authorities arrived, he said. 

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On the other hand, Nevada Gov Steve Sisolak wrote on Twitter while sharing grief, “Our hearts are with all those affected by this tragedy. At the State level, we will continue to work with partners in law enforcement to make resources available on the ground and ensure the Las Vegas Strip remains a safe and welcoming place for all to visit.”


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Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at [email protected] To
remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofny.com.

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