‘He was chasing people and stabbing people!’: Child reacts to mass stabbing at toddler’s birthday party that left several ‘gravely injured’

Authorities say a man who was asked to leave an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, returned the following day and stabbed nine people, including six children attending a 3-year-old child’s birthday party.

Timmy Kinner, 30, allegedly stabbed a 3-year-old birthday girl, five children and three other people during Sunday’s attack, the Associated Press reports. While all of the victims are alive, Boise Police Chief William Bones said some are “gravely injured,” according to the media outlet.

Police announced at a press conference that they believe Kinner targeted the toddler’s birthday party. Bones said a resident gave Kinner permission to stay at the apartment complex on Friday for a “short time,” before the suspect’s behavior prompted the same resident to request that he leave.

Kinner subsequently left, but returned Saturday during the little girl’s party, which took place a few doors down from where the suspect had stayed, according to authorities.

While the apartment complex is home to several refugee families, Kinner himself is not a refugee. It’s unclear why he ended up staying at the building. 

Esrom Habte, 12, and Fathi Mahamoud, 11, were playing nearby when they reportedly witnessed the horrifying attack.

“It was kind of scary because we were outside,” Esrom told reporters, according to AP. “He was chasing people and stabbing people…We saw him saying bad words and stabbing a grown-up really hard and a lot of times.”

The frightened children took cover in a closet with other children until officers announced that it was safe to come out, Esrom said. Authorities said they located victims of the mass stabbing scattered throughout the parking lot and inside of the complex.

“This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” Bones stated at a press conference Saturday evening.

“As you can imagine, the Wylie Street Apartment and our community is reeling from this attack. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims who are in the hospital tonight, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter described the attack as “vile” and requested prayers for the community.

Officials found Kinner a short distance from the grisly scene, where he was subsequently arrested. He remains behind bars without bond on nine counts of felony aggravated battery and six counts of felony injury to a child, according to jail records.

[Feature Photo: Timmy Kinner/ Ada County Sheriff’s Office]