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Victims in Madison stabbings were mother, daughter

  • Associated Press
  • May 3, 2014 - 6:50 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police said Saturday that the man who fatally stabbed two people and injured a third before he was shot and killed by police had made threats to his neighbors in the past, but the motive for the violence was still being investigated.

Police said the victims included a woman in her 50s and her daughter, who was in her 30s. The older woman's 16-year-old son was also stabbed multiple times but survived. A 4-year-old boy who was unrelated to the victims was uninjured.

Police said the older woman lived at the apartment with her teenage son. The adult daughter was visiting, and had brought along the child, whom she was babysitting.

Authorities say the suspect, a neighbor, had forced his way into the apartment. The teenager was stabbed multiple times but was able to run for help, and said a neighbor was stabbing his family.

Police arrived to find a fluid scene and the male suspect wielding a knife. He was shot by at least one officer and taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police say the man, in his 30s, had mental health issues but the motive for the attack was unclear.

Police said the mother was found dead in the home, and her daughter died from her injuries at a hospital.

As officers were doing a sweep of the apartment, they found the 4-year-old boy hiding. He was uninjured.

The Friday afternoon stabbings took place in one of a few apartments above a vacant office building on the main road through the state capital. Police blocked off a busy intersection, snarling traffic in the city for several hours.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation will handle the shooting probe in light of a new law requiring an outside investigator to lead inquiries into all officer-involved shootings. Madison police will investigate the stabbings.

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