At Least 3 Dead, Including Suspect, After Multiple Stabbings Reported in Taunton, MA

iStock/Thinkstock(TAUNTON, Mass.) -- A man was shot and killed at a shopping mall in Taunton, Massachusetts, Tuesday evening, after he stabbed four people -- two at the mall and two at a nearby home -- Massachusetts State Police said.

Two of the individuals stabbed are now deceased, police said, adding that the assailant was shot by an off-duty law enforcement officer.

Earlier in the evening, police had stated "none of the victims are deceased although some injuries may be life-threatening. All were transported to area hospitals."

In the initial statement, police said, "Massachusetts State Police and Taunton Police are on scene at the [Silver City] Galleria Mall in Taunton and a related scene at a home on Myrick Street in Taunton where multiple people have been stabbed by an assailant."

The statement continued, "Two stabbings occurred at the mall after the assailant crashed a motor vehicle into the front of a store [Macy's.] The other two stabbings appear to have been committed in the Myrick Street home. It is possible that the assailant was involved in an earlier motor vehicle crash on Myrick Street prior to the stabbings there."

Taunton is located about 40 miles south of Boston.

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