A suspect was shot dead by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after a stabbing rampage that killed at least two people, say police in Taunton, Mass. Bristol County DA Thomas Quinn says the suspect crashed a vehicle outside a home Tuesday night before stabbing two women, including an 80-year-old woman who was killed, CNN reports. The suspect, identified by CBS Boston as 28-year-old Arthur DaRosa, then crashed a vehicle into the front of a Macy's store at a mall around four miles away, where he attacked customers before making his way to a restaurant, where he stabbed several people, killing a 56-year-old man, police say. DaRosa was then shot dead by the off-duty officer.
At least two other victims were injured at the Silver City Galleria mall, which is around 40 miles south of Boston, and police say there would have been more if not for the officer's intervention. An employee at a Men's Wearhouse located in the mall says there was panic when gunfire was heard around 7pm. "The store was filled with prom kids. The kids were scared, we locked them inside the store with us," she tells the Boston Herald. "We were all wondering what was going on." Police say they still don't know the motive for the attacks, but there does not appear to be a connection to terrorism and there is "no continuing threat to the public," the AP reports. (Read more Massachusetts stories.)