Police laud onlookers who came to Whanganui stabbing victim's aid

Members of the public played a crucial role in helping victims of a stabbing spree in Whanganui.

That's the view of local police, who have commended the members of the public who rushed to help the victims. 

"I have no doubt that the actions of members of the public and attending police staff, who assisted the victims, in the most challenging of circumstance, play a major role in the wellbeing of those that were injured," Detective Inspector Nigel Allan says.  

A 36-year-old man has been charged with murder after the Tuesday incident that left a woman dead and five others injured.

Police say some of the victims ran into the street and to a nearby supermarket carpark to get help.

The body of the dead woman was taken away on Wednesday afternoon as family watched on and comforted each other.

The woman died at the scene, and five others were taken to hospital with moderate and serious injuries.

"We know this has been a traumatic incident for all involved. Along with Victim Support, we are working hard to support those involved, their whānau and our staff," Detective Inspector Nigel Allan says.  

Police won't say what led to the incident, but are reassuring the community there is no ongoing threat.

"We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the people of Whanganui are safe and feel safe."

And the city's mayor Hamish Douall is certain it's not gang-related.

A man was arrested at the scene and appeared in court today charged with murder and five counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

He was granted interim name suppression and will reappear in court early next month.  


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