Shopper Stabs 4 at LA Target

Hero cop stops slash spree before anyone is killed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2010 1:21 AM CDT
A Target security employee keeps the media away from the front door of the West Hollywood store after yesterday's stabbings.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – Four shoppers were slashed yesterday at a West Hollywood Target store by a woman wielding a knife in each hand and shouting: "There is no witness protection program." Layla Rosetta Trawick, 35, appears to have attacked people at random with a butcher and carving knife, police said. All victims are expected to survive, but someone would likely have died if an off-duty sheriff's deputy hadn't been at the scene, according to law enforcement authorities.

The deputy drew his weapon and ordered the woman to put the knives down. "Her facial expression was someone who was lost, confused, didn't know exactly where they were," he told KTLA. "If he wasn't there, who knows? Someone would be dead right now," a police sergeant said. "He had no communication with outside law enforcement. He's just some guy doing his shopping. We're pretty proud of him."

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