11 stabbed in seemingly random attack

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Investigators photograph bloodied clothing outside Circle K in Wyoming and Central on Sunday afternoon. Police say 11 people were injured – two seriously – in a series of stabbings on Sunday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

A man is in custody in connection with a stabbing attack on Sunday that started downtown, spread across the city and left 11 people injured.

No one was killed but at least two people were in critical condition after the attacks, according to Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the Albuquerque police.

Gallegos said around 11 a.m. a person was stabbed outside the Sister Bar on Central in the city center in what was believed to be the first in a series of knife attacks, most of which took place along Central.

In total, police said they are investigating seven scenes where people were stabbed in seemingly random attacks. One of the scenes was a homeless encampment.

“There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason,” Gallegos said at a Sunday night news conference.

Police arrested the man near Lomas and NE Wyoming after he was stabbed. The man had a knife near him when he was arrested, Gallegos said. Authorities have not released his name or specified the charges he may face.

Gallegos said the victims’ injuries ranged from superficial to more serious injuries. Several people were taken to four different hospitals, he said.

Rob, who would not give his last name, said he was held by the suspect near Wyoming and Central shortly before the man was arrested. Rob said the suspect was riding a bicycle.

“He was talking like crazy, he was mad at something,” said Rob, who was not injured. “As soon as he dropped the bike, he pulled out his blade.”

Albuquerque police speak to witnesses after several people were allegedly stabbed near Central and Wyoming on Sunday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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