SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Police were looking for a man who stabbed two Asian American women without warning Tuesday afternoon in the Mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco.
Officers were dispatched to 4th and Stockton streets shortly before 5 p.m. and found the injured women, who were taken to hospital. There was no immediate word on their conditions.
Witnesses told KPIX-TV that one woman appeared to be elderly and the other in her thirties. They said at the station that a man holding a knife was walking down Market Street when he approached a bus stop, stabbed the women, then walked away.
Police did not immediately say whether women were specifically targeted or whether the attack could be a hate crime.
Asian Americans have been the target of several unprovoked attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area in recent months.
Prosecutors have filed assault and hate crime charges against a man accused of an attack last week in which he allegedly yelled racist slurs before ousting Carl Chan, chairman of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.
In separate attacks in San Francisco in March, an 83-year-old Vietnamese man was run over and broke his neck in the fall, and a 77-year-old woman was similarly attacked. Police arrested a man for assault and elder abuse in both cases.
Another 83-year-old man was pushed to the ground in February, fractured his hip and spent weeks in hospital and in rehabilitation.