Reports from Sweden state that a Monday stabbing attack from inside an IKEA store has left two people dead and one seriously injured. According to recent developments, a male suspect has been arrested but other details have been scant at best.
The South China Morning Post reports that the deceased victims, a man and a woman, were the first of the victims at the IKEA in the town of Vasteras. The third victim was found suffering from wounds hours later after the initial stabbings, and shortly after it was announced that a suspect was cornered by authorities and arrested at a bus stop.
From the Morning Post:
There was no indication the attack was terrorism-related. Swedish intelligence agency Sapo said it had not been called in on the case.
The suspect was not known to police and did not have a criminal record, a police spokesman for the Vastmanland region, Per Stromback, told the regional VLT paper.
“Police received a call about wounded people at Ikea … around 1:00pm. A man and a woman with stab wounds were found at the scene, they later died of their injuries. Another person is seriously injured. One man has been arrested suspected of murder,” a police statement said.
A shaky video clip filmed by a passerby that was published on VLT’s website showed police arresting the suspect at a bus stop outside Ikea.
A witness said the man appeared to be between 30 and 40. The video clip mentioned above doesn’t clearly show the suspect’s face. The third victim, a 35-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery.
According to a statement from the IKEA store’s manager, the victims were just “ordinary shoppers” thus prompting speculation the stabbing was a random event.