Multiple people injured in Auckland ‘totally random’ stabbing attack

A number of people have been injured in a stabbing in Auckland’s North Shore.

A person is in custody after the incident in East Coast Bays and is assisting police with inquiries.

Police cordon off the area after multiple people were reported stabbed in Aukland.Credit:Chris McKeen/Stuff

A lady on her walk with a dog said a man in a hoodie came out of Seaton Ave and began stabbing people.

The man chased after a 17-year-old girl who screamed, she said.

“We thought she was being silly, she was shrieking.

“He stabbed two people, totally random… it all happened very quickly,” she said.

The alleged stabber attacked multiple people at Auckland’s Murrays Bay on Thursday morning. He was stopped by construction workers, with one hitting him with a crutch.Credit:Chris McKeen/Stuff

She was only 20 metres away from the man at one point.

She said the attacker was stopped by construction workers, who hit him with a crutch.

“At this early stage we are still working to confirm the exact number and nature of injuries,” said a police spokesperson.

Another woman saw said that the incident started in Murrays Bay and moved to nearby Mairangi Bay.

“People screaming. Everything happened so fast. People running, and the cops was there in the same time with big guns, and they have someone in the floor in that moment,” said Maria Paz Tapia.

National police spokesman and MP Mark Mitchell said what had unfolded near a usually peaceful beach was “tragic”. Everyone should be able to go outside “without the fear of being attacked by a knife”, he added.

He could not comment on the specifics of the police investigation, however said it was a “complicated crime scene” with multiple locations.

St John New Zealand said five people have been injured, and four of those people were taken to Auckland Hospital.

Three people have moderate injuries and two have minor injuries.

A Mairangi Bay local said she saw “quite a few police” in the area.

“I saw three or four passing by here towards Murrays Bay and an ambulance as well,” he said.

Police have placed road diversions around the incident, and are asking people to avoid the area.


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