Mass stabbing suspect targeted girl's birthday party

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BPD confirmed a man armed with a knife attacked a crowd of people gathered for a child's birthday party at the Wylie Street Station Apartments, which is home to many refugee families, that's left the city in shock. Four victims received life-threatening injuries.

"It is heartbreaking that adults and children who fled the horror of war and conflict to find safety in America had to experience violence all over again", Hans Van de Weerd, vice president of U.S. programs, said in a statement. "My deepest thanks go to the medical team that pulled off the miracle to make sure that each of those faces has seen this morning's sunrise", Bones said of the wounded.

Boise Police have identified the suspect in a Saturday night stabbing incident as Timmy Kinner, 30, of Los Angeles, California.

Police say the suspect in a mass stabbing at an Idaho apartment complex had only been in Boise a short time when the attack occurred Saturday night.

"As you can imagine the witnesses in the apartment complex along with the rest of our community are reeling from this attack", Boise Police Chief William Bones said. Officials said their investigation into such a singular attack of brutality, with so many victims, was unprecedented in the history of the Boise Police Department. It also was not immediately clear whether all of the victims were refugees. Bones said the victims were randomly targeted and had no prior connection of Kinner.




The two ran into an apartment and hid in a closet with other children until police told them it was safe to come out, he said.

Police say Kinner returned Saturday, when the girl was having her party a few doors down from where he had stayed.

Bones said that Kinner was staying with a female resident of the complex who offered him a place to stay for help. They found nine people in the parking lot and inside the apartment complex who had been stabbed, KBOI reported. Investigators recovered the knife he was believed to have used in a nearby canal, Bones said. A court appearance for Kinner is scheduled for Monday.

"Last night's horrific attack does not represent Boise", Mayor Dave Bieter tweeted.

Tzul added that IRC is working with local partners to provide counseling and support to refugees and other members of the community affected by the incident.

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