This is so gruesome and tragic. A knife-wielding man broke into a home for the disabled just west of Tokyo and stabbed and hacked to death 15 people, injuring another 45. Thankfully the suspect — who reportedly once worked at the facility — is now in police custody.
So terrifying! Yet another case of a crazed man killing scores of innocent people has happened, this time at Tsukui Yamayuri-en, a home for the disabled in Sagamihara, Japan, about an hour west of Tokyo. A former employee armed with a knife broke into the building around 2:30am local time and began hacking and stabbing people inside the facility. At this point, local media reports that a staggering 15 people have died in the attack and at least another 45 more people were injured in the horrific massacre.
Police told the local media that 911 calls from staff members came pouring in after the man had been spotted on the grounds, but by the time they got there it was too late, he’d already broken in and had begun his deadly assault. They didn’t even take the 26-year-old suspect into custody, he actually turned himself in at a local police station about a half an hour after he went on his killing spree. Local news reports say that the man said “I did it,” told police he used to work at the facility, and was subsequently arrested on attempted murder charges.
Initial reports had the number of dead at 19, but the death toll is expected to rise. Of the 45 injured, a number of the victims are in serious or critical condition. The facility provides accommodations and adult day-care services for people with disabilities.
This may turn out to be one of the worst killing sprees by a single perpetrator in post WWII Japan.
Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims in this horrific attack.