Several Stabbed at Blood Plasma Center in Virginia

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
July 5, 2019USshare
Several Stabbed at Blood Plasma Center in Virginia
File image of police tape. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PETERSBURG, Va.—A man stabbed several people at a blood plasma donation center in Virginia on July 4 before he was taken into custody, authorities said.

The stabbings took place inside the Octapharma Plasma center in Petersburg, about 20 miles south of Richmond, WTVR TV quoted Petersburg Police Chief Kenneth Miller as saying.

An unknown number of victims were wounded by a “cutting instrument,” The Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Petersburg police Lt. Dustin Sloan as saying. Sloan said earlier Thursday that the victims were “stable,” without elaborating.

Southside Regional Medical Center officials said in a news release Thursday that the facility had received three victims from the attack: one male who was in critical condition and was transferred to a different hospital; a female who was listed in fair condition; and a female who was listed in good condition.

Authorities have not identified the suspect. He was being questioned Thursday evening, the newspaper said.

Police Seek Suspects After 2 Shot at Shopping Mall

Police on July 3 continued to hunt for the suspects after the second California mall shooting in a month spread panic and shut down a nearby train station, scrambling rush-hour commuter traffic.

Shots were reported at The Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators believe two young males shot at each other with handguns, police Chief Ed Barberini said.

“I saw people running and I heard pow, pow, pow, pow!” shopper George Castro told KPIX-TV. “People were yelling, ‘Get out of the mall, get out of the mall, there’s a shooting!’”

Shoppers hug after being escorted from the Tanforan Mall
Shoppers hug after being escorted from the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, Calif., on July 2, 2019. (Stephanie Mullen/AP Photo)

Paula Silva was working at a Barnes & Noble bookstore when she saw people running.

Some young people ran inside and one told her that somebody was shooting.

Silva and her fellow employees locked the doors and turned off the lights and moved customers into the stockroom, she told KGO-TV.

“We were hiding in the dark,” she said.

They waited for police to escort them out.

“It was pretty scary. Seeing all my co-workers scared caught me off guard,” she said.

Eric Rosales said he and his family heard two or three gunshots as they arrived to see a movie at the shopping center about 10 miles south of downtown San Francisco.

“We dashed inside the theater,” said Rosales, of San Bruno. “We were like in a crouched position, just trying to hide out.”

A boy of about 15 and another teen around 18 years old were wounded, said Brent Andrew, a spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. One was in critical and the other in serious condition Tuesday night, he said.

Two people who were not shot were treated for minor injuries and released, San Bruno Fire Chief Dave Cresta said.

Three teens hold hands after being escorted
Three teens hold hands after being escorted from the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, Calif., on July 2, 2019. (Stephanie Mullen/AP Photo)

Investigators believed at least one of the shooters, and maybe both, fled on a train. The San Bruno train station, which is adjacent to the mall, was closed for several hours but reopened and train service resumed shortly after 8 p.m., authorities said.

Police stand watch at the scene
Police stand watch at the scene of a shooting at the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, Calif., on July 2, 2019. (Stephanie Mullen/AP Photo)
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, Calif., on July 2, 2019. (Stephanie Mullen/AP Photo)

Police also briefly closed the 12th Street Oakland Station across San Francisco Bay while officers searched a train there, Bay Area Rapid Transit said.

The mall shooting follows a June 3 attack that wounded one man inside a Southern California mall.

A Southern California gang member has been charged with a shooting that wounded a man inside one of the nation’s largest malls.

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