A 9-year-old boy and a 25-year-old woman were critically injured in a stabbing at a Target store in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday evening and the homeless man suspected of the stabbing was shot and killed by a security guard.

Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived at the store at the FIGat7th shopping center shortly after 6:20 p.m. to find two stabbing victims and a third victim who had been punched by the suspect while trying to intervene in the stabbing, Capt. Elaine Morales said.

The woman was stabbed in the chest and the boy was stabbed in a shoulder, Morales said.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the suspect “told the young boy that he was going to stab him and kill him. He repeated that more than once.”

Moore said the boy tried to get away from the suspect before he was attacked.

“Without any further provocation (he) suddenly attacked and stabbed this young child in the back,” Moore said.

Moore said good Samaritans intervened in both cases, pulling the victims to safety.

The suspect — identified only as a homeless man — grabbed a knife off a shelf to commit the stabbings, Morales said. The suspect approached a security guard after wounding the woman and the boy, but was shot, according to Morales.

The suspect was taken into custody and later died, LAPD Officer Luis Garcia told City News Service.

Both victims were taken to a hospital and are in critical condition, Garcia said.

Moore said the attack was unprovoked and officers are trying to determine a motive for the stabbings.

“This is by no means a frequent occurrence here,” Moore said a news conference.

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