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Shoppers Beware ~ West Hollywood

5:21 PM PDT on May 3, 2010

A woman went on a rampage at the Target in West Hollywood and stabbed four people.  Be careful out there... it's getting crazy.

WEST HOLLYWOOD -- A woman believed to be suffering from mental issues is under arrest after sheriff's deputies say she stabbed four shoppers at a West Hollywood Target store.

Three women and a man were stabbed and taken to area hospitals.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Frederick Stowers said one victim was in critical condition.

Authorities did not immediately know the conditions of the others.

The sheriff's office says Layla Rosetta Trawick, 35, from Antioch, Calif., started stabbing people, apparently at random, on Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's Sgt. Josh Mankini says an off-duty deputy who was shopping pulled out his gun and ordered Trawick to the ground.

The off-duty deputy was identified as Clay Grant Jr., who is assigned to the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, Capt. Michael Parker said.

Grant was shopping when he heard screaming nearby.

He turned the corner and saw the woman carrying two bloody knives, including a butcher knife.

He drew his weapon and ordered her to surrender.

She was arrested with the help of private security guards.

Mankini says Trawick stabbed three women and a man with a large blade about the size of a kitchen knife.

A fifth person was injured as panicked customers ran from the store.

Numerous people in the store called 911 thinking a man with a gun was involved in a crime, but that was not the case, Mankini said.

"There was a panic in the store," Mankini said, noting witnesses outside the store initially believed there had been a shooting.

"Everyone and their brother was calling 911."

A motive for the stabbing was not immediately known, but Trawick is believed to be suffering from mental issues.

Source: KTLA News

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