One Woman Killed, Another Injured in Sydney Stabbing Attack
Update: Wednesday August 14
Despite initial reports that there had been no fatalities in the attack, police have confirmed one woman was killed in a Clarence Street unit.
The victim is believed to have been a sex worker in her early twenties who was known to Mert Ney, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The second known stabbing victim, a 41-year-old woman, remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed Mert Ney has a history of mental health issues, and that he was already known to police, but said that his past was "unremarkable compared to the gravity of the crimes he committed."
The alleged offender has been identified as a 21-year-old man named Mert Ney. The Sydney Morning Herald reported NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed that the man acted alone, and that the stabbing is "not currently classed as a terror accident."
The SMH reports a police spokesperson has confirmed the body of a woman has been found on Clarence Street.
"Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command are on scene and will conduct inquiries into whether the incident is linked to an earlier stabbing at a hotel on the corner of Clarence and King," said the spokesperson.
Police at the scene have confirmed that there have been no fatal injuries, according to the SMH. "We will allege the offender has attempted to stab multiple people, luckily unsuccessfully," Superintendent Gavin Wood is reported to have told reporters.
Superintendent Wood also said that a motive for the attack has not yet been established, saying "it would appear unprovoked at this stage but we are keeping an open mind going forward."
A man has been arrested after a woman was stabbed in Sydney's CBD today.
As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the man was arrested after an attempted stabbing spree in the King and Clarence Street areas of the city that left at least one woman injured.
According to the SMH, emergency services are attending and treating several patients.
The NSW Police Force announced on their official twitter that people are advised to "avoid the area" until further notice.
The man was taken into police custody at about 2pm today, according to Seven News, while the female victim has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.
More on this story as it develops.