A KNIFEMAN went on a rampage stabbing four people before he was tackled by a hero bystander using his crutches.
Terrified people fled for their lives as they were chased by a man with a “big knife” during the horror attack in Auckland, New Zealand.
Superintendent Naila Hassan said that four members of the public were stabbed in the “random” attacks.
The members of the public who had acted or helped, including someone using a crutch, had “acted with bravery” to tackle the man with “quite a large knife”, she said.
Police said the incident unfolded about 11.18am, when the man stabbed the occupant of a property.
He then headed towards the beach in the North Shore area, where three people near a bus stop also received stab wounds.
One woman said she had to run screaming and calling for help after the man chased her.
“I was wearing headphones and went to take the headphones off to talk to him because that’s what I thought he wanted,” she told the New Zealand Herald.
But there was something about the man that put her on edge and then “he just started running at me”, she said.
The knifeman was then tackled by a member of the public before cops arrived and detained him.
He was now under police guard at North Shore Hospital, said Supt Hassan.
She said the incident was not being treated as a hate crime.