One woman was killed and another injured in a stabbing that occurred in downtown Pittsburgh on the morning of August 8.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that the incident occurred outside of a Burlington Coat Factory department store in the 300 block of Sixth Avenue, close to the intersection of Smithfield Street.
The CBS report says that one of the women was wearing a hijab. ABC Pittsburgh’s report says that both of the women were stabbed.
Authorities have said that the initial investigation indicates that the two women do not know each other and that the attack was random.
A witness also told WPXI that a woman was wearing traditional Muslim clothing.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette initially reported that one woman was in critical condition while another had minor injuries. The patient in critical condition was stabbed in the neck. It was later confirmed that she had died at a local hospital.
A witness, Ron Sicilia, told the newspaper, “I saw her bleeding profusely.” While another witness backed up the reports that the women were wearing hijabs.
A suspect was quickly taken into custody by an undercover police officer who was nearby. A Pittsburgh police spokesman told WPXI’s Aaron Martin that the officer was talking to someone nearby at a bus stop when someone standing behind him attacked two women. CBS Pittsburgh reports that the officer was driving by when he saw a woman sleeping at a bus shelter. The police went to check on that woman when the stabbing occurred.
The suspect’s identity has not been made public.