Witness discusses Target stabbings
- Category: Pittsburgh
- Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:40
- Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
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DOUGLAS WILLIAMS AND LEON RAYMOND WALL the alleged stabber.
A 16-year-old teen girl, visiting from Tennessee, is now in critical condition, after she and several others were injured during a stabbing attack early Monday evening at the East Liberty Target store.
Authorities say, 41-year-old Leon Raymond Walls, a homeless man, entered a Target store and proceeded to the restroom. Later two males entered the store searching for Walls, one headed to the bathroom, the other headed into the store. A short time later, the male who went to the bathroom was seen being chased from the bathroom by Walls, who was carrying a knife. Walls then grabbed the teen girl, who was in the checkout line with her family, and stabbed her in the back and arms.
Walls was finally arrested after being tased for resisting.
The two men were reportedly following Walls because of a reported stabbing/knife incident that took place near Highland Avenue and Whitfield Street. Diane Richard, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police public information officer, did not say whether the two incidents were connected or if Walls was responsible, but did confirm that the Highland Avenue incident was reported to authorities.
Douglas Williams, of Baldwin, a witness to the Target store incident and who knew several of the victims, said, “It (the scene) was wild. I prayed when I seen the guy chasing a young kid with a knife. He was swinging the knife, you could see in his eyes that he was angry.”
Six individuals were taken to the hospital with injuries. The 16-year-old, who has not been identified, was treated for a collapsed lung due to her wound; two males were treated for cuts, one to the finger and the other to the face; one male, who was helping victims to subdue the actor, was treated for chest pains; and one officer was treated after he was hit with OC Spray that was splashed off a shelf that was deployed towards the actor.
“Those three men were heroes,” Williams said.
Williams also said, that Monday’s incident will not stop him from visiting the East Liberty store.
Walls is in the Allegheny County Jail and has been charged with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, possessing instruments of a crime, simple assault and resisting arrest.