Two men are dead after having their throats slashed by a white man who hurled racist hate speech at several Muslim women riding a commuter bus in Portland, Oregon. The attack happened on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 4:30 PM local time. A third victim of the triple stabbing was hospitalized.
According to Portland police, several witnesses described the target of the man’s hate-speech as “two young women, possibly Muslim…one was described as wearing a hijab.”
The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian. He was arrested after he fled the scene.
Several bystanders pursued the suspect while others attempted to help the victims on the train. One of those bystanders who pursued the suspect, Larry Blackwood, captured this video of the confrontation between Christian and the police.
“These were folks just riding the train and unfortunately got caught up in this.”
One witness’s account reported that the suspect yelled, “Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don’t pay taxes here.” That witness also heard the suspect saying that he did not like Muslims because they were criminals.
One of the eye-witnesses who pursued the suspect described what he originally believed to be a fist fight. After attempting to break up what he believed to be a fist fight, he realized that it was something far worse after seeing the amount of blood.
“There’s just blood everywhere”