Tensions sprung up in New Zealand following a domestic attack on at least four individuals in a local supermarket at Central Dunedin on South Island.
The incident which left three in critical condition, had taken place in Countdown supermarket – with one person being arrested.
With many fearing that the incident could be a coordinated and intentional act, Paul Basham – the Police district commander had ruled it as a random one. Basham also commended locales who stopped the bloodthirsty individual, stating that their act was heroic, and prevented more injuries.
Witnesses present at the scene described the incident as chaotic and stated that the victims comprised of customers and employees of the supermarket.
“We just heard a scream and thought someone must’ve fallen, but it got louder and louder and more people were screaming.
“I saw one red hand among the people; a bloody hand, and everybody started running towards the exits,” a woman informed another media outlet.
Countdown also released a public statement, expressing deep concern for the injured workers and customers and stated the store will remain closed for the rest of Monday and Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern came out to condemn the attack and expressed her uncertainties on the motive behind the incident, amidst divided opinions that it might have been a domestic terror event.
“At this stage, there’s nothing to suggest from the police’s perspective that this is what they would define as a domestic terror event,” she said.
It is not the first time New Zealand had experienced extreme acts like this. In 2019, a white supremacist carried out a mass shooting at Christchurch, killing 50 people in the process.