Four die in New York stabbing spree

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 13, 2011 12:12 EDT
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NEW YORK – At least four New Yorkers were killed in a stabbing spree by a man whose rampage left a trail of blood from an immigrant neighborhood to touristy Times Square, police said Sunday.

The 23-year-old suspect, Maksim Gelman, was wrestled by police to the floor of a Subway car in the Times Square station on Saturday shortly after allegedly slashing his last victim.

His crazed spree began 28 hours earlier in a Brooklyn neighborhood home to large numbers of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, where Gelman allegedly killed his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her mother.

He then ran down a pedestrian, his fourth victim, in a stolen car at the start of a wild journey across the city, according to police. At least four others were stabbed and wounded, including the car’s owner, a taxi driver and a Subway passenger.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who has worked for the New York Police Department for decades, said he was baffled.

“It’s so horrendous and bizarre. We have no reason to know why he did this,” he told a news conference.

“He made a statement that ‘she had to die.’ There are two female victims here. We’re not certain which one he’s referring to. But other than that, we know no specific reason why,” Kelly added on NY1 television.

The police chief said Gelman would likely have just kept on stabbing, had he not been caught and overpowered on the train.

“Obviously, if he wasn’t apprehended this morning, he could have injured, killed many more people,” Kelly said.

Police released pictures of Gelman’s alleged weapons, including a large, blood-stained kitchen knife. Witnesses of the subway attack described terror and mayhem.

“People were running and screaming and saying, ‘Get to the back of the train, get to the back of the train.’ We didn’t know what had happened,” a passenger told NY1.

“I was very scared when I saw the people streaming through, running through,” another told the local news channel.

“They were moving as fast as they could, pushing each other and (we thought,) what is going on? Once he was apprehended, they told us eventually.”

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    And if this nut had a gun, the death toll would be 10 times higher or more.

  • Anonymous

    “It’s so horrendous and bizarre. We have no reason to know why he did this,” he told a news conference.”

    I’m sure if you ask him he’ll probably tell you. It’s no rocket science Mr. Kelly.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    This seems to be the latest fad. Last week, another nut pulled a similar stunt in Atlanta, stabbing to death two very young children (ages 2 and 4, I believe) and leaving another one gravely wounded as well as the father who was with them when the attack took place. Really sick stuff!

  • Anonymous

    Eat your heart out NRA, the knife nuts are catching up…..

  • Anonymous

    Time to introduce legislation to ban the sale of kitchen knives.

  • Anonymous

    WE MUST BAN ALL STEEL!!! Noone could have been killed if steel was controlled and properly regulated so that it couldn’t get into the hands of crazies like this.

  • Anonymous

    I refute your baseless assumption. It’s easier to accurately stab someone than it is to shoot them. In general a shooter has to be much more accurate. You can pull up video on you tube of police shoot outs where the cop is on one side of the car and the bad guy is on the other side of the car and they are popping up and down and shooting and noone is getting hit. Bullets are so fast that the slightest flinch, even the pressure of your own finger pulling incorrectly on the trigger can cause you to miss a shot that is 10 feet away.

    People who are going to shoot someone rarely shoot from closer than arms length. So someone with a knife will walk up closer to you before they attack than someone who is going to shoot you will. You have much less time to react to a knife attack, but you have fewer options when being shot at.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    They really need to ban guns so these kinds of tragedies can’t happen.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Refute the tens of thousands of gun related deaths in the US each year. Your reply is simple drivel. You are just another simple minded gun nut.

  • Anonymous

    I take it you’ve no respect the knife. I don’t know most people don’t have the balls to properly kill with the knife. A Glock just about shoots itself. A knife nots so much.ಠ_ಠ

  • Anonymous

    Seriously!!! You are advocating the skill required to murder someone with a knife??? Dumbass.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t stop stupid people from being stupid. I’d say 90% of the gun deaths in the US are caused by stupid people. 10% are legitimate accidents. Either way, one mistake in any number of situations can get you killed. It’s just statistics that someone is going to catch the bad side of the coin toss. You cannot legislate away DEATH. It’s going to happen. If some dumbass doesn’t steal a .38 and shoot someone in the face, he’ll fall asleep behind the wheel of a car and drive into a playground. You can’t stop people from dying. And even if you succeeded in removing all guns and bombs and everything point from this planet. People would still die from doing stupid things or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. All Life, will eventually lead to some form of tragedy. Get used to it and stop being such an immature whiner. Protect yourself, inform yourself, and if you want to, do the same for the people you care about. Anything more is just being a cry baby who thinks they can solve all the problems by complaining loud enough.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just saying it is physically more difficult to kill with a knife. Oh great user of the ad hominium attack.

  • Anonymous

    Everywhere you look Losers are losing it. Imagine that America marches on to Bastile Day twisting with the pain of oblivion. People are driving into lakes the wrong way into traffic into bridge abutments and the fun hasn’t even started yet it isn’t even barbeque season. You leave 15% of the populace behind at certain risks.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Yep. That’s because the Matrix is coming undone around them and they can’t handle reality (not that they ever could but it was more carefully veiled before). This is now the standard and will only get worse as things deteriorate. I’ve been predicting a bloodbath of historical proportions for a while. Won’t be long now.

    Last week, there was a 19-year old kid in Atlanta who driving against the traffic (as you said) and was hit head on by a tractor trailer causing the car to explode on impact. Two days ago, another tractor trailer lost control on the highway (heavens know what that driver must have been doing) and swept two vehicles with him, killed a mother and child and stopped with the wheels against the front seat on the other vehicle. Absolutely horrific stuff! And think, this is only the beginning. The worse is yet to come.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    “just another simple minded gun nut”

    Try to survive for more than a day in Juarez with your knife. The people of Mexico could possibly be liberated if they had the right to arm themselves, at the very least at home. Mexico is proof that when guns are outlawed, the only people that it protects are the criminal and corrupt government. Guns prevent oppression. Our founding fathers knew this and that is why it is the 2nd freaking amendment.

    There is a reason why it is the 2nd amendment and immediately after free speech… The only way to protect free speach is by squashing oppression.

    Besides if there were a revolution, collapse of local and central governments, no police and a ton of thugs how will you defend your family? You won’t, you will stand by and watch these thugs do whatever they want to your family, steal everything you have worked for, and then not hesitate to leave you dead in the street.

    There was a couple from San Clemente that ventured into Baja Mexico with a RV for their regular vacation. Poor guy wakes up to someone pounding on his camper door, when he decided not to open up shots came flying through the door and the thugs forced their way in. With a gun to the unarmed civilians head he was forced to watch these thugs beat and rape his wife…

    One last thing, do you think police should be armed?

    Good luck with your pepper spray.