Photo Credit: Stuart Cahill
SCARY SCENE: State and Taunton police stand guard outside the Silver City Galleria after a knife-wielding man was shot dead by police yesterday.
A knife-wielding man who killed two people in a stabbing rampage in Taunton was shot dead by an off-duty law enforcement officer after he crashed his car into a crowded shopping mall and emerged to attack more people, officials say.
The suspect, who was not identified by police last night, stabbed two people inside a home on Myricks Street yesterday, then drove four miles before crashing his dark-colored Honda sedan into the front entrance of a Macy’s department store at the Silver City Galleria, where he got out and stabbed two other people, state police say.
All four stabbing victims were rushed by ambulance to area hospitals, where a state police spokesman said two later died from their injuries.
suspect killed by off-duty cop
Two others slain in stab spree
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Three killed, including suspect, four injured in Mass. stabbing spree
Published May 11, 2016
Arthur DaRosa, 28 (pictured in a Facebook shot) stabbed two people at a home in Taunton, Massachusetts on Tuesday evening before driving to a mall and stabbing two more people inside.
One of his victims (right) has been identified as 80-year-old Patricia Slavin.
Two people are dead after a suspect went on a stabbing rampage in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Arthur DaRosa, 28, of Taunton, stabbed two people at a home on Tuesday evening before driving to a mall and stabbing two more people inside, authorities said.
DaRosa went inside a home in Myricks Street and stabbed two women just after 7pm, District Attorney Thomas Quinn said.
One of them, who was 80 years old, died of her injuries. The other was taken to the hospital.
Sources told WHDH the 80-year-old was named Patricia Slavin and that the other woman was her daughter.
A neighbor interviewed by the network described Slavin and her family as 'very nice people', adding: 'I couldn't ask for better neighbors all around.'
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DaRosa then went to the Silver City Galleria Mall, about three miles away, and crashed his car into a Macy's store.
He went inside and assaulted three people inside Macy's.
DaRosa then made his way to Bertucci, an Italian restaurant at the mall, where he stabbed two more people.
One of them, a 56-year-old man from Taunton, has died.
An off-duty sheriff shot DaRosa once inside the mall. DaRosa was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The six stabbing victims included a pregnant woman, a witness told WBZ. They were all taken to the hospital after the attack.
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DaRosa fled in a stolen black car and drove to the mall.
Witnesses said chaos erupted when DaRosa stormed the Macy's store.
'I came out and I heard girls running and people screaming, 'There's a guy,'' Reshma Noorani, who was in a fitting room at the time, told WCVB. 'We're used to guys entering the store, so we thought he must have had a gun. I ran with them. I was scared.'
DaRosa then went inside Bertucci's.
'I saw him just start stabbing people,' witness Emaly Higgings told the network. 'And there was someone with a chair trying to throw it at (the suspect). There was an off-duty police officer there, and he actually shot him and kept him down.'
Several ambulances responded to the scene and the mall was evacuated on Tuesday night.
'I heard shots and saw cops loading AR-15s and I ran for my life,' a witness told WBZ.
DaRosa was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, malicious damage to a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in 2009, according to a report published by the Taunton Gazette at the time.
His father and sister said he suffered from psychiatric issues, and had been hospitalized for suicidal thoughts on Monday, CBS Boston reports. He was hospitalized at Morton Hospital on Monday and then released Tuesday morning.
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Doctors have prescribed him with medication for his mental health issues, but he had refused to take them in the past. He leaves behind two children.
Two are killed after man, 28, crashes his car into a Macy's and goes on a stabbing rampage in Massachusetts mall restaurant before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer
Arthur DaRosa, 28, of Taunton, stabbed two people inside a home on Tuesday evening
Crashed his car into a Macy's store at Silver City Galleria mall around 7pm
Stabbed two more at an Italian restaurant inside, the district attorney said
An 80-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man died of their injuries
An off-duty police officer shot DeRosa at the mall; he has now died
Family sources claimed he had gone to hospital to be treated for suicidal thoughts before being released shortly before spree
By CLEMENCE MICHALLON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 18:49 EST, 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 06:30 EST, 11 May 2016