Timmy Kinner, a 30-year-old man from Los Angeles, has been identified as the suspect who carried out a mass stabbing outside of an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho as a group of people were celebrating a three-year-old’s birthday. According to reports, Kinner had been asked to leave the apartment complex a day prior due to his behavior. He returned on Sunday, July 1, to carry out the vicious attack.
Nine victims were injured in the attack, including six children who ranged in ages four to 12. Four of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries, according to law enforcement officials.
“Our city has long stood as a welcoming city — a place of safety and kindness for those fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands,” Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said in a statement following the mass stabbing. “The senseless acts of one disturbed person does not change that. As Boiseans, we come together not only to condemn this vile act, but also to embrace those among us seeking refuge from tyranny, suffering and war. It is who we are and who we will continue to be.”
Kinner has since been charged with nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child, according to CBS affiliate KBOI-TV.
The stabbing took place outside of the Wylie Street Station apartments in Boise, a building where many refugees call home. However, police have said that they do not believe the attack was a hate crime.
Officers located 9 victims. Victims include members of the refugee community. Officers are still investigating why the suspect targeted these individuals.
— Boise PD (@BoisePD) July 1, 2018
This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.