A sufferer from Thursday’s automobile rampage and stabbing in South Korea was declared lifeless early Sunday morning, in line with officers, the primary fatality in the assault, which had injured 14 individuals and unsettled a nation the place mass violence is unusual.
The sufferer, a girl in her 60s, was declared lifeless at 2 a.m. Sunday, in line with the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police. She had been hospitalized for her accidents after being hit by the automobile.
The suspect, a 23-year-old male supply employee who has been recognized solely by his surname, Choi, drove onto a sidewalk close to a subway station in Seongnam, a metropolis southeast of Seoul. After hitting 5 pedestrians along with his automobile, he went into the subway station and stabbed 9 individuals earlier than being apprehended and charged with tried homicide. That cost has now been up to date to homicide. The police haven’t introduced a motive behind Mr. Choi’s actions.
After arresting Mr. Choi on Thursday, the police gave him a drug check, which got here again detrimental. Mr. Choi, a high faculty dropout, had been recognized with schizoid persona dysfunction, in line with the authorities.
Thursday’s assault, which the authorities have stated is being handled as an “act of terror,” comes shortly after one other stabbing episode final month in Seoul that killed one and injured three.
The seemingly random nature of the assaults has unfold concern, which the police have sought to tamp down by dispatching extra officers to public areas and posting warning messages by means of official channels. As of Sunday, dozens of individuals had been arrested in reference to posting on-line threats of copycat assaults that specified instances, areas and quantity of targets. At least one person was arrested after he was noticed carrying knives in public.