Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 05102016 – Two Stabbed at Galleria Mall in Taunton, Two Others Stabbed at House, Suspect Shot by Off Duty Law Enforcement.
The suspect in the Taunton incidents is deceased. Two of his victims are also deceased.
There is no continuing threat to the public.
The suspect’s motive remains under investigation but at this point we are aware of no nexus to terrorism.
As district attorneys in Massachusetts have jurisdiction over death investigations further updates are expected to be provided by the Bristol County District Attorney.
No further information is being released at this time.
THIS IS A PRELIMINARY REPORT
Massachusetts State Police and Taunton Police are on scene at the Galleria Mall in Taunton and a related scene at a home on Myrick Street in Taunton where multiple people have been stabbed by an assailant. Two stabbings occurred at the mall after the assailant crashed a motor vehicle into the front of a store. The other two stabbings appear to have been committed in the Myrick Street home. It is possible that the assailant was involved in an earlier motor vehicle crash on Myrick Street prior to the stabbings there.
Preliminary investigation indicates the assailant was shot at the mall by an off-duty law enforcement officer.
At this point none of the victims are deceased although some injuries may be life-threatening. All were transported to area hospitals.
The incident occurred shortly after 7 pm. Numerous patrols and investigative and specialized units of state and local police are at the crime scenes. The flow of information is fluid at this time.
No further information is available at this time. Please do not call seeking further information; we will update when appropriate to do so.