EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally said all three victims were stabbed at the Chinook Centre shopping mall based on initial information provided by police. Police later clarified that two of the victims were attacked at a restaurant near the mall. The article has been updated to reflect the new information.
Calgary police have charged a woman after three people were taken to hospital after being stabbed in or near Calgary’s CF Chinook Centre shopping mall on Thursday night.
Police said the stabbing spree occurred at about 8:20 p.m.
“An unknown subject entered a restaurant at 58 Avenue and Macleod Trail where an assault took place,” acting Sgt. Dwayne Cardinal told reporters Thursday night.
“Minutes later, outside a pub in the same block, the woman allegedly stabbed a 77-year-old man causing serious injuries,” police said in a Friday update.
About 15 minutes later, the woman is believed to have stabbed a third man, in his 30s, in the Chinook Centre parkade.
According to police, the woman was arrested in the shopping centre’s parkade.
On Friday police said the stabbings are believed to be random.
A woman in her 20s, a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s were all taken to the hospital, police Sgt. Trent Petersen said on Friday.
Police added that all of the victims are listed in stable condition and expected to survive.
What led to the three incidents remains unknown and the victims don’t appear to have been targeted, Petersen said.
Nina Neipkak, 30, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of assault with a weapon.
Nepinak has a criminal record that dates back almost a decade, according to court documents. She has past convictions of assault, theft and possessing a controlled substance, among other charges.
— With files from Heide Pearson, Spencer Gallichan-Lowe, Joel Senick