Several families who had fled danger and violence overseas were enjoying a 3-year-old’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho, when a man ran up and began chasing and stabbing the children and the adults who tried to intervene.
The attack Saturday night was at an apartment complex that is home to refugee families.
Nine people were injured, including the birthday girl and five other children ranging in age from 4 to 12.
Thirty-year-old Timmy Kinner was arrested a short distance away. He has been charged with several felonies.
Boise Police Chief William Bones says Kinner, who is not a refugee, had recently been asked to leave the complex after staying there for a short time.
Bones says there’s no evidence that the attack was a hate crime.