Two people are dead after a stabbing and shooting at a mall and a home in Taunton, Massachusetts, and their attacker has also been killed after being shot by an off-duty police officer, state police said.
Massachusetts State Police and Taunton Police responded to a report of a shooting and stabbing at the Silver City Galleria Mall on Galleria Drive and a related crime scene at a home on Myrick Street at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators determined the assailant, identified as 28-year-old Arthur DaRosa of Taunton, was shot and killed at the mall by an off-duty officer.
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According to sources, the officer is with the Plymouth County Sherrif's office who rushed into help.
The officer shot DaRosa once.
DaRosa was taken to Charlton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sources tell necn the two victims who were stabbed inside the home on Myrick Street were a mother and daughter.
They were both taken to Morton Hospital where one of the women, an 80-year-old, succumbed to her injuries. The other victim suffered serious injuries.
The relationship between the suspect and the victims in the house is also unknown.
The other four stabbings occurred at the mall after DaRosa crashed a car into the front of Macy's, police said.
DaRosa assaulted multiple people inside the Macy's then went to Bertucci's where he armed himself with a knife and stabbed four people.
All four victims were taken to Morton Hospital where one of the victims, a 56-year-old man from Taunton, succumbed to his injuries . Some of the other victims are suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Police said DaRosa was involved in an earlier car crash on Myrick Street before the stabbings.
Sources tell necn FBI counterterrorism is "not concerned" right now. The suspect's motive remains under investigation.
The Taunton Mayor spoke alongside the Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn on Tuesday night.
The Mayor said, "tragedy has certainly hit the city of Taunton this evening" and thanked law enforcement officials for their help.
Police said there is no continuing threat to the public. No further information is being released at this time. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office is now handling the case.