TOKYO (AP) - A man plowed into shoppers with a truck Sunday and then stabbed 17 people within minutes, killing at least seven of them in a grisly attack that shocked a country known for its low crime rate.
The lunchtime violence in the Akihabara district, a popular electronics and video game area, sent thousands of people fleeing.
"He said he was tired of life. He said he was sick of everything," Akaogi said.
The violence began when the man crashed a rented, two-ton truck into pedestrians. He then jumped out and began stabbing the people he had knocked down with the truck before turning on horrified onlookers, police said.
"He was screaming as he was stabbing people at random," a male witness told national broadcaster NHK.