At least five people have been injured after a man went on a stabbing spree in Tignieu-Jameyzieu near the city of Lyon in eastern France, local authorities say. The suspect has been taken into custody and an investigation is underway.
The incident began at about 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday when a man entered a hotel-restaurant near the Place du Dauphine shopping mall, which is located about 7 kilometers (4.5 miles) northeast of Lyon’s international airport.
The man attacked a woman at the hotel and stabbed her at least once before fleeing the scene. He then entered a McDonald’s restaurant nearby, where he stabbed three other people. A fifth victim was stabbed on the street.
A large number of police officers and other emergency services responded to the scene and the suspected attacker, described only as a 20-year-old man, was taken into custody. He was reportedly suffering from minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
The stabbings appeared to be at random and there was no immediate indication that the suspect knew any of his victims. The local Le Dauphiné newspaper reported that one of the victims suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the stabbings but added that there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism. The office said the suspect has a history of mental illness, which investigators believe may have been a factor.
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