IKEA knife attack: Terrified customers screamed ‘stabbing spree, stabbing spree’ after knifeman killed two shoppers
Police raced to the scene and warned terrified staff and customers: “The killer is still in the building”
Terrified customers raced away from an Ikea store shouting “stabbing spree, stabbing spree” after a knife-wielding maniac killed two people inside the shop.
A 55-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, who are believed to be a mum and her son, were both stabbed to death while shopping for kitchen accessories yesterday.
The two suspects arrested are both reportedly asylum seekers staying in the local area.
Witnesses to the attack inside the Swedish store today told how staff screamed over the intercom that they should leave following the brutal killings.
Sami Salim, who works in a restaurant in the same shopping centre as Ikea, told Swedish newswire: “People started screaming ‘stabbing spree, stabbing spree’ and only within a short time, there were several police officers there”.
A hairdresser who works close to the store also told how police issued a harrowing warning to her fellow staff, saying “the killer was still in the building”.
Klara Holmgren Rappu told SVT: “They shouted throughout he speakers that the premises would be vacated. Then I saw a person came out on a stretcher, paramedics ran away with one person on a stretcher.”
One shopper said: “It was chaos, people came running and no one understood what had happened.
“Then we saw a person lying, lifeless, in the cutlery section.”
Another witness added: “I saw lots of police and ambulances. I heard the entire store was evacuated after a knife attack.”
Devastated store manager Mattias Johansson said “three seemingly ordinary visitors” had been the target of the crazed killer at the shop in Vasteras, Sweden.
He told reporters: “You’re talking to a guy who right now might have had their worst day ever on the job but also as a human being.
“I can tell you that we have two people who have been confirmed dead on the spot and one seriously injured.
“I have many colleagues who are unwell but it is also important to say that no employee is injured.
“We are now focused on taking care of customers and employees who may have been witnesses, but also other employees.
“It is a terrible day, and my thoughts go to the families of those affected by what has happened.”
There will be more, many more “terrible days” the more Mohammedans arrive in Sweden. (SY)
Police in bullet proof vests raced to the scene after the alert was raised.
A middle-aged man was arrested outside the store on suspicion of murder and is being quizzed.
Police spokesman Per Stromback said: “We do not know if it’s just an act of madness or if there is a motive behind it.”
The store was closed after the horror attack at lunchtime.