Viewers block the man who stabbed 4 people at a New Zealand supermarket

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Shopkeepers and staff at a New Zealand supermarket praised their bravery on Monday after authorities said they were able to prevent others from being injured after stabbing a maniac in a random attack, injuring three of them.

New Zealand Superintendent of Police Paul Basham said he had seen CCTV footage of the attack on a countdown supermarket in Dunedin and that spectators’ actions in detaining the man until police arrived were “no less heroic”.

“What I can say is that those who intervened, some of them hurt themselves, and I think this man acted selflessly and with great courage to prevent anyone else from being hurt,” Basham said.

Two of the injured were supermarket employees.

Police said the suspect was also injured and was being treated in police custody for his injuries. Police expect him to be charged later Monday.

Those in the store at the time told local media that it was a confusing scene, with some screaming and running towards the exit, while others rushed to help.

Prime Minister Jacinta Artern said the motive for the attack had not been established, but police had no evidence to suggest it was domestic terrorism.

“Needless to say, an attack like this is huge, and I would like to acknowledge the early reports of the courageous actions of the audience who took action to protect those around them,” Artern said. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this attack.”

Artern said five people were taken to Dunedin Hospital with stab wounds or related injuries.

Health officials said three of the injured had been admitted to the intensive care unit at Dunedin Hospital.

“We are shocked and devastated by what happened at our Dunedin Central store this afternoon,” the Countdown said in a statement. “Currently our priority is to take care of our injured team members and our wider team in the aftermath of this very traumatic event. We are deeply saddened by the injuries of our team members and the customers who tried to help.”

About 130,000 people live in Dunedin, including a large number of students who studied at the University of Otago.

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Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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