Friday, June 27, 2014

Bolivia: Deranged Person Goes on Stabbing Spree at El Alto, Nine of Eleven Victims Severely Injured

According to The Latin American Tribune, eleven people were hurt on Thursday (June 26) when a man authorities described as being mentally ill went on a stabbing spree at El Alto International Airport, which serves the Bolivian capital, authorities said.

Nine of the eleven victims sustained serious injuries, police commander Adolfo Cardeñas told the media.

Seven of those listed in serious condition are women, he said.

A police officer stabbed while trying to subdue the attacker also suffered serious injuries, Cardeñas said.

COMMENT: As most of our readers know all too well, I am an advocate who regularly describes our contemporary world as being "perilous, unpredictable and increasingly dangerous."

Consequently, as I have said in the past, it is essential that all citizens, regardless of nationality, enroll in a certified Red Cross class to learn how to render life-saving techniques and administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a medical emergency.

As I have so often said, "there continues to be far too many people walking among us who suffer from serious mental disease, often with multiple diagnoses, that are on the verge of 'snapping' at any moment."

Failure to learn such skills can endanger all of us.

The assailant, who was arrested shortly after the stabbing rampage, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation, Cardeñas said, adding that the suspect’s initial statements to police were “incoherent.”

The incident reportedly took place at 0730 hours in the arrival area of the terminal, witnesses told media outlets.

Deputy Interior Minister Jorge Pérez characterized the suspect as “one who suffered from very serious mental conditions.”

One eyewitness told RADIO ERBOL that the assailant began by first stabbing a clerk at a shop in the terminal.

In its web edition, LA RAZÓN, cited another witness as saying that after he was apprehended, the assailant “said he wanted to go to Jupiter and that he was denied boarding any aircraft."