- Written by Kevin Kerrigan
Guam - 2 people are dead and 12 others injured after a knife wielding man began randomly attacking people after he crashed his vehicle into the ABC Store on San Vitores Road in Tumon.
At a 1 am news conference at the Tumon Precinct, Guam Police Chief Fred Bordallo said "right now there are 3 confirmed" dead. When asked how many died due to stabbing, Chief Bordallo said that had not been determined yet. "All of them are tourists," said the Chief.
However at 9:30am Wednesday morning, Guam Police Spokesman A.J. Balajadia revised the death toll downward saying just 2 people were killed. In addition, it was later learned that of the 12 people injured, at least one is a Guam resident. And Balajadia said that 21 year old Chad Ryan Desoto of Tamuning had been arrsested on 2 counts of Murder and 13 counts of aggravated assault.
Early this morning, the Chief could not say at the time whether or not the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Guam Fire Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero said a total of 14 people were transported to GMH.
Shortly after mid-night, GMH Nursing Supervisor Bill Toves confirmed for PNC News that a 29 year old Japanese female died at the hospital from stab wounds. At least 1 other victim was still at the scene as of 1 am, covered in a sheet. That victim was later brought to GMH and she was described as an 81 year old Japanese female.
Later, another GMH Nursing Supervisor, Shirley Pinera, told PNC News that 8 of the victims, including the 2 woman who died, had been stabbed. The other six injured were apparently struck by the car, she said.
Guam Police Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia says that the incident began around 10:20 pm when a man, driving a grey 2007 Toyota Yaris, drove up onto the side-walk in front of the "Globe" nightclub and continued down the sidewalk, knocking people aside, until he drove his vehicle into the ABC Store in front of Hard Rock Cafe and Outrigger Hotel.
At that point, witnesses say the man leapt out of his vehicle, armed with a knife, and began randomly stabbing people.
"I saw a pile of bodies," said Robin Young, who told PNC News that he arrived on the scene just after the stabbing occurred and before police arrived.
"There was a grandma, she had wounds, I checked her pulse first off. She was dead." Young, said he was a shipwright and had undergone emergency rescue training in California. "I moved onto to the next, I thought it was the Mom. She had 2 deep incision marks from a knife. She had a pulse."
Some bystanders began attacking the suspect, said Young. But Police arrived and took the suspect into custody.
Guam Governor Eddie Calvo convened the 1am news conference at the Tumon Police Precinct. He was joined by Guam Visitor Bureau Board Chairman Mark Baldyga, as well as Police Chief Bordallo.
"I have talked to a representative of the Japan consultant," said the Governor and "we will put all the resources available from our administration to assist the families of the deceased and all those that have been injured because of this terrible act."
"This is an anomaly," said the Governor and "you have my assurance that we will prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law."
"I have never seen anything remotely close to this," said GVB Board Chair Mark Baldyga. "Its very tough to see the suffering that the families must be going through."