Violence has escalated severely over the past year due to Antifa, BLM riots that have been allowed to exist, unabated, for almost a year. By all metrics, mental health is also in severe decline due to unscientific draconian lockdowns and mandates by governments.
Though motives are unclear in this specific case, today a 12-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck after being tackled by a man while waiting in line with his parents at a Pittsburg McDonalds.
Pittsburgh police said a 12-year-old boy was stabbed inside a McDonald’s in Downtown Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.
Police said they arrested 51-year-old Charles Edward Turner in connection with the stabbing. He’s facing several charges, including criminal attempted homicide.
The child was transported to the hospital in critical condition. A criminal complaint states that a doctor upgraded his condition to stable. It also said a black and yellow box cutter was recovered from the scene and a piece of razor blade that broke off the box cutter was recovered where the stabbing happened.
“It’s really quite a tragic thing on a beautiful Saturday downtown,” said Cara Cruz, she’s the Deputy Public Information Officer for the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department.
Police said the 12-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck inside McDonald’s on Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street just after 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Cruz said the child was standing in line with his family when the incident happened.
“He was with his family, he was standing in line, they had just zipped in for one quick thing,” Cruz said.
People walking in the busy downtown area were shocked and scared when they heard the news.
“We’re here all the time, people are here all the time, it’s scary, very scary and a child…that’s terrifying,” said Maggie Kishbaugh, a Duquesne University student.
Cruz said Turner was in line behind the child and his family. A criminal complaint states that a witness said Turner tackled the child from behind and then people tried to get him off and they noticed the child’s neck was slashed.
Documents also state that Turner resisted arrest by punching and kicking officers. Court documents said one officer had cuts on his face and two other victims had minor injuries.
Turner is charged with criminal attempted homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, and resisting arrest.
He’s currently in the Allegheny County Jail.
Cruz said when the boy was stabbed, employees tried to help.
“Two McDonald’s employees did try to intervene and help the child then police and EMS arrived on the scene,” Cruz said.
Cruz said police don’t believe the child and Turner knew each other. They also do not know if this was a random act.
“I feel safe in this area so maybe now we shouldn’t feel as safe being around here, just more aware I guess,” said Kishbaugh.