The police chief explained that Kinner, who is not a refugee, had been staying at an apartment in the same complex, and may have lashed out at his alleged victims just because they were nearby. "They're victims from their past homes who have fled violence from Syria, Iraq, and Ethiopia", Bones said.
Police said he returned the next evening and began attacking people, police said.
The man charged with stabbing and killing one child and wounding several others and adults at a Boise apartment complex says he wants to represent himself in court.
Six children and three adults were hospitalized after the mass stabbing, several with life-threatening injuries.
The two ran into an apartment and hid in a closet with Esrom's two sisters and another child. A court appearance for Kinner is scheduled for Monday.
"We haven't had anything involving this amount of victims in a single act in Boise in the history of the department", Bones said Saturday. Kinner was a temporary resident of the apartment complex and was asked to leave on Friday, Bones told reporters.
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Timmy Earl Kinner, 30, is accused of plunging a large folding knife into Ruya's body during a bloody, unexplained rampage that injured eight other people and sent waves of horror reverberating through Boise's tight-knit refugee community and beyond.
A vigil for the victims at Boise City Hall is planned for Monday night. Reuters reported that some victims were find inside apartments but others were discovered in the parking lot. "And we were waiting until they told us they caught him and then we went outside". Bones said Kinner had been temporarily staying with a resident of the complex but had bee asked to leave on Friday because of problems with his behavior.
According to ABC 7 News, nine people were stabbed, including four children aged four to 12 were injured.
On Sunday, Bones' voice caught with emotion as he explained that while those injured are expected to survive, some will suffer "life-changing" injuries.
The attacks come amid increasingly nationalistic and aggressive language from the Trump administration regarding refugees and immigrants, who the president says poses a threat to the United States.
The suspect, a 30-year-old man, was being interviewed by Boise Police detectives later Saturday night, and officers were still trying to determine why he targeted the victims.
The attack happened Saturday at an apartment complex that is home to many refugee families.