A 9-year-old boy remains in hospital after being stabbed in a target at a Los Angeles shopping center.
A man in his 40s, described as homeless, entered the store at FIGat7th Shopping Center around 6:30 a.m. and grabbed a large butcher-style knife from a shelf. CBS News reported that he approached Braden Medina and said he was going to kill the 9-year-old boy.
When Medina tried to run away, the man grabbed her and stabbed her twice in the shoulder. A 25-year-old woman intervened and shielded Medina, who had been stabbed in the chest.
According to ABC 7, other people dragged the woman into a pharmacy and closed the gate for her safety.
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,[He] “Confronted him and told the young boy that he would stab him to death,” LAPD Chief Michelle Moore said at a news conference shortly after the attack. “He repeated this more than once. The younger child attempted to run away and leave, ignore him, move away.”
“The suspect attacked suddenly without provocation and stabbed this child in the back,” Moore said, adding that a store security guard eventually shot and killed the suspect.
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The name of the suspect is unknown at this time, and both Medina and the woman went to the hospital for treatment. Police determined that the suspect did not know the victims, and that the attack was unprovoked.
On a GoFundMe page, Medina’s family posted a prayer as thanks for the help of the woman who may have saved Medina.
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The family revealed that Madina is in stable condition and will require physical therapy for a full recovery as she has some complications with her legs.
“Thankfully, he has been able to move them, but he is definitely going to undergo physical therapy to make a full recovery,” his cousin, Lizette Molina, wrote on the page. “He’s a strong kid, we know he’ll get out of this.”
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The family raised $14,000 of the $25,000 goal they needed to pay for Medina’s medical bills and therapy so the family could process what happened.