UPDATE: 3-year-old dies in Idaho stabbing, eight others injured
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 3-year-old girl who was stabbed in a mass attack on her birthday has died of her injuries.
Police in Boise, Idaho, said she and eight other people were stabbed by a man who had been asked to leave an apartment complex but returned the next day for the attack.
Police Chief William Bones said the other victims included five other children ages four to 12, along with three adults who came to their defense.
A resident said the apartment complex where the stabbing took place had allowed 30-year-old Timmy Kinner to stay there a short time, but asked him to leave Friday because of his behavior, according to Bones.
Kinner returned Saturday, when the girl was having her party a few doors down from where he had stayed, according to police. Kinner is facing nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child for the late Saturday violence.
The complex houses many resettled refugee families, but Kinner is not a refugee.
Esrom Habte, 12, and Fathi Mahamoud, 11, were playing in the grass behind their apartment when the attack began.
"It was kind of scary because we were outside," Esrom told news media as his mother looked on. "He was chasing people and stabbing people."
"We saw him saying bad words and stabbing a grown-up really hard and a lot of times," Esrom said.
The children ran into an apartment and hid in a closet with other children until police told them it was safe to come out, he said.
On Sunday, colorful bouquets rested just outside crime scene tape.
"This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time," Bones said during a press conference Saturday night.
Police found stabbing victims both inside the complex and in the parking lot; Kinner was arrested a short distance away.
Bones said the attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history. "As you can imagine, the Wylie Street Apartment and our community is reeling from this attack," he said.
The apartment complex is just off of one of Boise's busier streets, separated from the traffic by one of the many irrigation canals that run through the city.
Victim witness coordinators and counselors were being made available to the victims, their families and friends and other residents of the apartment complex, Bones said.
"Our hearts go out to the victims who are in the hospital tonight, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers," he said.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter condemned the attack on Twitter.
"Last night's horrific attack does not represent Boise," Bieter wrote. "Please join me in praying for the injured and their families. We must come together to condemn this vile act."
We are continuing to update the story as more information becomes available.