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Woman arrested after four stabbed in a West Hollywood Target store [Updated]

May 3, 2010 |  2:05 pm

KTLA.comAn off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy arrested a woman Monday on suspicion of stabbing four people in a Target store in West Hollywood. The stabbing set off a stampede among customers, authorities said.

Deputies with the sheriff's West Hollywood Station responded after numerous 911 calls reported a gunman at the Target at La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, Sgt. Josh Mankini said.

But it turned out a woman had stabbed four other people in the store and was holding a bloody knife when the off-duty deputy confronted her and ordered her to give up the weapon, Mankini said.

[Updated at 2:23 p.m.: The assailant was identified as Layla Rosetta Trawick, 35, from Antioch, Calif., authorities said.

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.

“We are exceptionally proud of Deputy Grant,” Parker said. “The reason why this tragic situation wasn’t worse was because of the quick thinking of an armed, off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was willing to risk his life to end this situation.”

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.

A total of five people were treated for injuries, four of them stab wounds. The victims included three women and one man, authorities said.

The reason for the stabbing was unknown and the investigation was continuing, Parker said.]

The woman was not identified and deputies did not have an immediate condition on the victims, who were also not identified.

The Sheriff's Department received numerous calls after one of the victims, who was still bleeding, ran out of the store and people saw the deputy in his civilian clothes with a gun.

"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."

-- Andrew Blankstein


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