Two stabbings, one of them deadly, at a Phoenix-area shopping mall in the past two days are related, police said late Monday.
Officers arrived and located a man exiting the mall and holding a bloody knife, officers said.
Witnesses told reporters after the stabbing, the attacker calmly walked by them with the bloody knife still in his hand.
Mike Jorgenson, senior property manager at Fiesta Mall, said the incident only affected a small area of the mall. “Everyone’s going about their shopping,” he said.
“Investigators are confident that today’s investigation is related to yesterday’s incident at Macy’s,” said Mesa Police Chief George Gascon.
On Sunday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was stabbed in the neck and chest in a Macy’s store at the mall.
Police said the attacker grabbed the victim as he walked past and in an unprovoked attack stabbed him in the neck with a knife.
When the victim turned around and asked, “What are you doing, I don’t even know you,” the attacker stabbed him in the shoulder three times, police said.
The attacker followed the victim toward the cash register before leaving the store and taking off in a car, according to police.