Residents heard screams and called police to their Bridesburg neighborhood, where responding officers found a woman dead from multiple stab wounds and two of her family members hurt.
The approximately 50-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times in the face in her home on the 2700 block of Reynolds Street around 6 a.m., police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:27 a.m.
Medics rushed a 74-year-old woman, who was stabbed several times in her face and her body, and an 18-year-old man, who suffered cuts to his hand, to Aria Torresdale Hospital, authorities said. The elderly woman is listed in critical condition.
The teenager told responding officers there was a home invasion, but it was unable to provide a description of the suspect, investigators said. He also showed police where the alleged assailant hid the weapon, a kitchen knife, used in the crime, authorities said.
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The motive for the attack is unknown. Detectives said they plan to speak to the two surviving family members as part of their investigation.