A security guard at a Philadelphia Macy's store was killed by a knifeman on Monday, with another man injured in the incident.
The store is reportedly closed as the investigation regarding the attack continues.
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"The store will temporarily remain closed as we work with law enforcement on this investigation," a Macy’s spokesperson told FOX Business.
"Macy’s didn’t specify how long the store would remain closed, and deferred further comment to law enforcement," it added.
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"The chain of events that ended in tragedy began around 11 a.m., when the guards spotted a man trying to make off with some hats, interim Police Commissioner John Stanford said during a news conference outside the store," NBC News reported.
"The guards were able to recover the hats and the suspect left the store without incident, Stanford said. But about 10 minutes later, the suspect returned and began stabbing one of the guards. When another guard tried to intervene, he was stabbed as well, Stanford said," it continued.
The names of the two security guards involved have not yet been released. The guard who was killed was reported as a 30-year-old male.
The other man injured was reported as a 23-year-old male who is listed as in stable condition following the attack.
The attacker fled the scene and was arrested a few miles away from the scene.
The incident adds to growing concerns over crime in the city, with local residents now seeing attacks at local retailers during the holiday shopping season to further fuel fears in Philadelphia.