A woman was fatally stabbed in the neck Thursday morning at a downtown bus stop, right in front of a Pittsburgh police officer who had been checking on the woman’s well-being at the time, police said.
The unidentified attacker also stabbed a bystander walking near the bus stop before he was subdued and taken into custody at the scene on Sixth Street near Smithfield Street, police said.
“We don’t know the motivation at this time. We just don’t know,” said Cmdr. Vic Joseph, of the city’s Major Crimes unit. He said the attack currently appears “by all accounts” to be a random act.
Pittsburgh police later said in a press release that “there is no evidence to suggest that this attack was racially or religiously motivated.”