Woman Stabs 4 at Target in West Hollywood, Off-Duty Sheriff Makes the Arrest
Afternoon shopping at Target in West Hollywood this afternoon turned into a nightmare of a situation when a woman allegedly took a knife and began randomly stabbing people. In all, four were injured--at least one of them was left in critical condition.
At around 12:45 p.m., Layla Trawick, a 35-year-old woman from Antioch, allegedly began stabbing people with a kitchen-sized knife, according to the Associated Press. Clay Grant, an off-duty sheriff's deputy, pulled his gun and ordered her to the ground. Because Grant was not in a uniform, the presence of his gun further confused the situation, adding to the panic of a stampede already in progress.
“We are exceptionally proud of Deputy Grant,” Capt. Michael Parker said. “The reason why this tragic situation wasn’t worse was because of the quick thinking of an armed, off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was willing to risk his life to end this situation.”
"If he wasn't there, who knows? Someone would be dead right now," Sgt. Josh Mankini added. "He had no communication with outside law enforcement. He's just some guy doing his shopping."
Why the stabbings occurred is unknown at this point.