A 33-year-old man has been arrested after at least 10 people were injured in a knife rampage including three suffering stab wounds.
The suspect’s mental health is being assessed following the rampage in Bedworth town centre, just north of Coventry, Warwickshire Police said.
A local shop keeper said the attacker threatened staff in a store before he was eventually detained by police using a taser.
“A man assaulted people coming from town and supposedly kicked a man’s dog,” the shopkeeper told Coventry Live.
“I heard he pulled a pair of scissors on staff inside a shop and then police tasered him and arrested him.
“One of our customers was going into the town, the man had a go at him, then they came back up here covered in blood.”
One woman told the BBC she was woken up by loud bangs on her front door and, when she answered, a man punched her twice and stabbed her in the throat with a pair of scissors.
A neighbor of one of the stab victims said the attacker “didn’t say anything, there was no conversation. She tried to get him off and managed to close the door on him.”
“Blood squirted out and now her white front door is covered with drips and there’s blood on the path outside,” Sheila Corcoran, 76, told The Sun
“She was taken to hospital and stitched up. She came home briefly and I spoke to her and passed on my best wishes for her recovery from her.
A man in his 20s who was stabbed is in a stable condition in hospital, while another man and a woman discharged with knife injuries have been discharged, the force said.
Police believe the suspect, from Bedworth, walked along Coventry Road and Gilbert Close, where he attacked at least 10 people just before 8am.
Officers said the victims identified so far are helping with the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Rich Simpkins appealed for witnesses and the injured to come forward if they have not already.
He said: “This was a nasty incident which has left a number of people with injuries and I know this will cause the community great concern.
“The public can expect to see a heightened police presence in and around Bedworth town center to provide reassurance while our officers continue to conduct their inquiries.
“We have a man in custody and are not looking for any further suspects in connection with this incident.
“We know that a number of people were in the area at around the time of the incident and that there may be more members of the public who may have been approached or assaulted by the suspect.
“If you were approached by the suspect or may have witnessed the incident, I would urge you to get in touch.
“Any information you may have could really assist with our investigation.”
Anyone with information, or with dashcam or phone footage of the Coventry Road and Gilbert Close area between 7.45am and 8.05am can call 101, quoting incident number 91 of 23 April.
Details can also be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.