(CNN)Nine people were stabbed by a single assailant at an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, police said.
Boise Police Chief William Bones said the victims included “members of Boise’s refugee community.” He did not elaborate on the reference to refugees.All nine were being treated at a hospital, and four victims had life-threatening injuries, according to police.Detectives are interviewing a suspect but have yet to establish a motive for the attack, Bones said in a statement.”As you can imagine the witnesses in the apartment complex along with the rest of our community are reeling from this attack. This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” he said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to the victims who are in the hospital tonight, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”Read MoreOfficers responded to a call reporting an attack by a man with a knife at 8:46 p.m. (10:46 p.m. ET) , arriving at the apartment complex on Wylie Lane and State Street around four minutes later, Bones told a press conference.”Officers located the suspect almost immediately, took the suspect into custody at gunpoint,” he said. Additional officers then found the nine victims inside the apartments and in the complex’s parking lot.’Devastating effect'”The suspect is a 30-year-old male, we don’t know anything about his motive or reason for the crime tonight. The victims do include refugee families here in the Wyle Street Apartments,” Bones said.”You can imagine this is a very tight-knit community here in this apartment complex. The attack had a devastating effect on the people. We’re doing everything we can tonight to get them services, to get them through this evening and we’ll be working with them in the days and weeks that follow.”The police chief declined to give details of the victims but said their age range varied “dramatically” and that the attack had affected “all aspects of the families within the apartment complex.”Asked if there had been fatalities, Bones responded: “At this point we haven’t lost anybody, but as I’ve said, the injuries are very, very serious.”The attack was unprecedented for the police department, he said: “We haven’t had anything involving this amount of victims in a single attack in Boise in the history of the department. Obviously it’s something you hope never comes to your city.”Bones said police hoped to be able to release the suspect’s identity Sunday.”He did come from out of state, but I don’t know how long he’s been in the city,” he told reporters.