Nine people, including six children, have been hurt after a man launched a stabbing attack at a three-year-old girl’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho.
The birthday girl was among those injured, police chief William Bones said, while five other children aged four to 12 were injured along with three adults who came to their defence.
A 30-year-old man who was asked to leave the apartment complex where the incident took place is alleged to have returned the next day and launched the attack. He has since been arrested.
Mr Bones said some of the victims were gravely injured.
A resident of the apartment complex where the stabbing took place had allowed 30-year-old Timmy Kinner to stay there a short time, but asked him to leave on Friday because of his behaviour, police said.
Kinner returned on Saturday, when the girl was having her party a few doors down from where he had stayed, according to police.
He faces nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child.
The complex houses many resettled refugee families, but Kinner is not a refugee.
Mr Bones said: “This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time.”
The attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history.
“As you can imagine, the Wylie Street Apartment and our community is reeling from this attack,” the police chief said.
The apartment complex is just off of one of Boise’s busier streets, separated from the traffic by one of the many irrigation canals that run through the city.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter condemned the attack on Twitter.
“Last night’s horrific attack does not represent Boise,” he wrote.
“Please join me in praying for the injured and their families. We must come together to condemn this vile act.”