A man went on a stabbing spree on his sleeping family members inside a rowhome early Friday morning, Philadelphia police said.
Officers arrived to the house on North Front Street near Clearfield Street in the Kensington neighborhood just after 4 a.m. to find six people stabbed, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The victims ranged in ages from 26 to 57, police said. The youngest person has special needs and the one of them is the mother of at least some of the others.
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All six people were rushed to the hospital.
A 30-year-old woman stabbed multiple times in the back, a 32-year-old woman stabbed multiple times in the chest and arms and a 49-year-old woman stabbed multiple times in the neck, head and back were all being treated in critical condition, police said.
The other three people were listed in stable condition, police said.
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Investigators found two different knives with 7-inch blades and the door knocked off the hinges of one of the bedrooms, Small said. One of the knife blades broke off, showing the force of the attack, Small said.
Police found a 29-year-old man who matched the description of the stabbing suspect a few blocks away.
"That 29-year-old had blood on his face and body and hands and he had some small lacerations to the inside of his hands, which is common sometimes when somebody is stabbing someone multiple times," Small said.
One of the stabbing victims identified the man as the suspect, Small said. The family members were sleeping when the attack began.
Investigators believed the stabbings to be domestic violence.
Two other people in the home at the time weren’t injured.
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