Authorities say a couple were in critical care after a man attacked them with a machete because he was angry about shutdowns that were taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 35 year old attacker wielded his machete in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, as he ‘demonstrated his anger’ regarding the lockdown restrictions.
Kevin Kraft, 55, and Leanne Kraft, 50, were waiting inside the office of Public Storage in Nashville when Edwards entered with a machete he had apparently been storing at the site and “without warning, repeatedly struck the victims with his machete, even after they were on the floor badly bleeding.”
Edwards took the machete from his bin at the storage facility and continued striking the couple even after they were bleeding on the floor, police said. The victims were transported to a hospital after officers who responded to the scene used multiple tourniquets to control their bleeding.
Police said they found Edwards with his hands raised in surrender on the street outside the facility three minutes after they got a 911 call about the attack.
Investigators said Edwards, originally from Arkansas and who is homeless, told them he attacked the couple to demonstrate his anger about the shutdowns and was angry a charity he goes to for help was shut.
According to its website, the Nashville Rescue Mission, which Edwards named as the charity he attends, has remained open to individuals without shelter during the pandemic.
The Krafts are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and said to be in a stable conditon. First responders on the scene applied tourniquets to the husband and wife to slow the bleeding.
The attacker has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.