Six children and three adults stabbed after US man ‘targeted girl’s third birthday party after being asked to leave flat’
Police say Timmy Kinner, 30, was a temporary resident in a Boise flat - and went on his rampage after being told to leave
An Idaho man attacked a girl’s third birthday party in a knife rampage that saw the birthday girl, five other children and three adults in hospital - four with life-threatening injuries, police said on Sunday.
Timmy Kinner, 30, of Los Angeles faces nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child after the frenzied attacks in the city of Boise.
He had been allowed to stay in the apartment complex where the attack took place by a resident, but was asked to leave on Friday because of his behaviour, police said - only for him to return on Saturday night, armed with a knife.
The girl’s party was a few doors down from where he had stayed. The other injured children were aged from four to 12.
“This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said during a press conference Saturday night.
The complex houses many resettled refugee families, but Kinner is not a refugee. Police said they do not yet have an exact motive for the attack.
At 8.46pm Saturday, police responded to a report of a man with a knife at the complex. When they arrived they found stabbing victims both inside the complex and in the car park; Kinner was arrested a short distance away.
Bones said the attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history. “As you can imagine, the Wylie Street Apartment and our community is reeling from this attack,” he said.
He said police believe the knife used in the stabbing was discarded by the suspect before his arrest, and police searched around the flat complex and in a nearby canal.
The flat complex is just off of one of Boise’s busier streets, separated from the traffic by one of the many irrigation canals that run through the city.
Police closed roughly a mile of the road during the initial investigation and later diverted traffic to the lanes farthest from the complex using flares and barricades.
Early Sunday morning there were still dozens of police cars and officers at the flat complex, with yellow evidence markers placed around the car park.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter condemned the attack on Twitter, writing: “Last night’s horrific attack does not represent Boise,” Bieter wrote.
“Please join me in praying for the injured and their families. We must come together to condemn this vile act.”
Last night’s horrific attack does not represent Boise. Please join me in praying for the injured and their families. We must come together to condemn this vile act.
— Mayor Dave Bieter (@MayorBieter) July 1, 2018
Officers told some residents of the complex who were trying to go home that they should either find a motel or go to a nearby church for shelter, because the complex wouldn’t be opened to residents before daylight.
Victim witness coordinators and counsellors were being made available to the victims, their families and friends and other residents of the flat complex, Bones said.
“Our hearts go out to the victims who are in hospital tonight, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” he said.