After Target stabbing, 9-year-old boy will spend Thanksgiving in an L.A. hospital, police say
A 9-year-old boy is recovering from his injuries after a man stabbed his 8-year-old brother with a screwdriver in an attempted burglary at a Target store on Tuesday afternoon in the city of San Jose, police said.
The boy is being held in a local adult protective services facility. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, officials said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
The boy’s brother was stabbed in an attempted burglary, police said.
The older boy was waiting for his sister in the Target store’s second floor after school on Tuesday afternoon when a man stabbed him with a screwdriver, San Jose police Cpl. Jennifer Coats told reporters.
“My 8-year-old grandson is sitting in the back of my car praying for his brother. My grandson just started bleeding all over, and my daughter’s crying over his condition. He just got stabbed,” said an emotional mother of a victim, who asked not to be identified. “This is a very difficult time for our family. He was just playing with his sister and was about to go and play outside with her when he heard this guy on the phone. He thought he was getting a new iPad.”
The victim was stabbed above his left eye and below the temple by the suspect, who fled the scene but is being sought, said Coats, who didn’t describe any of the man’s other injuries.
The older boy, who was released from an ambulance and taken to a hospital, is expected to remain hospitalized for a few days, police said.
The man was described as being between 18 and 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, according to officials. He is also known to frequent the area and the suspect is described as having dreadlocks or a mohawk. He speaks with a British accent and possibly has tattoos on both arms.
“We have no motive, but we are hoping through our investigation that we can find if it was a random act of violence and then get to the bottom of this,” said Cpl. Lisa McLeod, Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokeswoman. “We are investigating this matter as an attempted burglary.”
The incident happened just before 2 p.m. at the second floor of the Target store