Timmy Kinner, a Laos Angeles resident has injured nine people in a knife attack at a children’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho.
Police believe that Saturday’s attack at a complex for refugees was motivated by “vengeance” after the suspect had been asked to leave the place a day before.
Six children – aged three to 12 – were among the injured. Most of the refugees in the complex are from Ethiopia, Iraq and Syria. The victims included the three-year-old birthday girl and five other children ages 4 to 12. Three adults who came to their defence were also hurt, some are in hospital in serious condition.
Kinner, 30, is charged with nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child.
Boise police chief William Bones told reporters the suspect had been staying with an acquaintance at the complex – but was kicked out on Friday.
He returned the following day to “exact vengeance”, attacking people at a three-year-old girl’s birthday party, Bones said.
“It appears from the investigation, it was a matter of where they (victims) lived, not a matter if they knew the suspect”, the police chief added.
Esrom Habte, 12, and Fathi Mahamoud, 11, were playing in the grass behind their apartment when the attack began.
“We saw him saying bad words and stabbing a kid and a grown-up and really hard and a lot of times,” Esrom said.
The two ran into an apartment and hid in a closet with other children until police told them it was safe to come out, he said.