Authorities Identify Suspect in Stabbing Attacks

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TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing attacks at a Taunton shopping mall and home that left two dead and saw the suspect fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy (all times local):

7:45 a.m.

Family members of the man who killed two people during a rampage in Massachusetts say he was mentally ill and has just been released from a hospital psychiatric ward.

Arthur DaRosa was shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy after fatally stabbing one person at the Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton on Tuesday, shortly after he stabbed an 80-year-old woman in her home.

Kerri Devries, DaRosa’s sister, tells the Boston Herald her brother has been battling depression for years. She says he has recently been suicidal, and the “devil was playing tricks on him.” She says he was admitted to the hospital Monday.

DaRosa’s father, also Arthur DaRosa, tells the newspaper he was surprised when his son returned from the hospital Tuesday morning, but said he appeared “normal” and calm.”

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Authorities have identified a man who they say killed two people and wounded four others in stabbing attacks at a home and a shopping mall in Massachusetts before being shot dead.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that 28-year-old Arthur Darosa crashed a car outside a home, walked inside and stabbed an 80-year-old woman and another woman. The 80-year-old was taken to a hospital, where she later died. The other woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say Darosa then drove to the Silver City Galleria mall and crashed a car through the front of a Macy’s store. They say he assaulted multiple people inside the store before walking to a restaurant and stabbing four people, including a 56-year-old man who later died.

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