A Los Angeles man is under arrest after he went on a stabbing rampage in an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho.
The 30-year-old man, Timmy Kinner (pictured above), went throughout the apartment complex, stabbing people at multiple locations before authorities apprehended him.
Many media outlets, including Reuters (who is quoted below), are characterizing the attack as somehow motivated by hatred toward the many refugees who live in the complex. However, the Associated Press now says it appears the suspect had a personal vendetta, and was targeting a children’s birthday party being held there.
While the full motive is not yet clear, it appears Kinner was asked to leave the complex, and there is speculation that parents believed he posed a danger to the children that lived there. That, in turn, may be why he targeted the children at the party.
Kinner, who is not a refugee, targeted the party that was held a few doors down from the apartment where he had stayed for a short time, police said.
The victims included the 3-year-old birthday girl and five other children ages 4 to 12. Three adults who came to their defense were also hurt. Some were gravely wounded, Bones said.
A resident of the complex had allowed Kinner to stay there but asked him to leave Friday, Bones said. The police chief did not elaborate on his behavior.
Prior to the Associated Press report, the media speculated that the attack was motivated by a hatred of refugees, playing into the controversy surrounding the President and the border crisis. The President’s opponents have attempted to link the President’s recent statements to recent acts of violence, including the mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper office this past week. It was later revealed the newspaper shooting was not politically motivated.
Reuters issued this report, before the possible motive in the stabbing was revealed. Note how the reporting implies the refugees were a possible target.
A man went on a stabbing spree Saturday night at an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho that is home to refugee families, sending nine people including children to the hospital, four with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Boise Police Chief William Bones called the incident the act of “a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time.”
The police statement did not say from what countries the refugees had come. It noted that Kinner was not a refugee and that he had only been living temporarily at the apartment complex, which the Idaho Statesman newspaper said catered to low-income families and was run by a Boise nonprofit.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said the “horrific attack” does not represent the state capital, which is the largest city in Idaho and has some 225,000 residents.
“Our city has long stood as a welcoming city — a place of safety and kindness for those fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands. The senseless act of one disturbed person does not change that,” Bieter said in a statement.
Idaho is deeply conservative, particularly outside of Ada County where Boise is located. The issue of whether to welcome refugees to the state has proved controversial in the past.
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