San Francisco airport stabbing attack leaves three injured

Three people were attacked by a man with a “stabbing weapon” at San Francisco International Airport in California, but did not appear to have suffered serious injuries.

San Francisco police say a man drove a vehicle through the airport on Friday and entered the international terminal, where he attacked three men around 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. ET).

According to the police, the man “circled the departure terminal and pulled out a knife.”

The victims received medical treatment at the scene for what appear to have been minor injuries and were later released. The men, who were passengers, continued their journey.

Alaska Airlines customers check in for flights at San Francisco International Airport on May 12, 2022 in San Francisco, California. A man is in custody following an incident at the airport where three people were slightly injured.
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“They were treated for minor scratches and released,” airport official Russell Mackey said.

Mackey said the attacks took place in the public pre-security area of ​​the airport’s international terminal.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the alleged attacker “tried to injure several passing travelers.”

Police responded to the incident and were able to arrest the man, who is currently in custody but has not yet been identified due to the ongoing investigation into the case.

Charges against the man and his city of residence have yet to be released, and no motive for the attack was offered early Saturday morning.

Elissa Harrington, a reporter for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area, reported on the incident overnight and said on Twitter that the “stabbing weapon” involved was a knife.

“Three people were attacked at the SFO,” Harrington said. “It happened in the international terminal. A large knife was just removed from the scene. Victims received cuts and scratches. Lots of police at the scene – suspect in custody.”

The incident happened the same day the Golden State Warriors arrived at San Francisco International Airport to celebrate their comeback after beating the Boston Celtics, winning their fourth NBA title in eight years and their first since. 2018.

Harrington was on hand to report on the Golden State Warriors’ return to California, tweeting earlier Friday, “Warriors are back in the bay! Their flight just landed at SFO. #NBAChamps.”

However, there is currently no indication that the two events are related.

San Francisco International Airport handled 13.7 million passengers in fiscal year 2022. This represents a 66.3% decline from the prior fiscal year, which may largely be due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is the second busiest airport in the state after Los Angeles International Airport.


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