Two dead, two others injured in stabbing in Epsom, central Auckland

Two people are dead and two others are injured after a stabbing in Epsom, central Auckland.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police were called to reports of a stabbing at about 11:30am, where multiple people were injured.

Upon police arrival, two people were located with critical injuries, he said.

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Police at the scene of a double fatal stabbing in Epsom, Auckland, which has also left another person critically injured.

First aid was provided, however two people died at the scene on the corner of The Drive and Alba Rd.

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Detective Inspector Scott Beard (right) with officers at the scene of a double fatal stabbing in Epsom, Auckland.

A third person found at the property was taken to hospital with critical injuries, and are having surgery. A fourth person was taken to hospital with superficial injuries.

Beard said police had launched a homicide investigation into the tragic incident.

He said it appeared those involved were known to each other and officers were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Beard said it looked as though the stabbing happened inside the house where emergency services were called.

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A strong police presence can be seen outside a house on the corner of The Drive and Alba Rd.

A strong police presence could be seen outside a house and officers will be at the address for the remainder of the day.

Police have cordoned off part of The Drive near Green Lane West, with multiple police vehicles and ambulances on both roads.

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Police cordons are in place at the scene of a double fatal stabbing in Aucklands Epsom.

Epsom MP David Seymour said the incident was shocking and tragic" for the community.

It is important that the police are able to do their job and the privacy of people connected with the incident is respected, he said.

There will no doubt be a lot of questions, and our community will want and deserve to know how and why this happened. In the meantime we need to respect the appropriate processes.

My thoughts are with those lost and those who have lost in this tragic incident.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said those involved in the stabbing appeared to know each other.

Gagan Saxena, who lives on The Drive, said he saw more than 10 police cars come racing down the road around 11am.

Awsiya Syed, an administrator from Greenlane Hospital, rushed down to the scene after hearing sirens and seeing a lot of police cars rush past about 12.15pm.

He said he had never seen this number of police before and described himself as scared.

A Stuff reporter, whose children attend Epsom Normal Intermediate School, said he received a message on the schools app alerting him to the incident on Friday afternoon.

The schools' senior leaders teams have been meeting, briefing the children, and sending out messages on the SchoolsApp, he said.

A notice was sent out to parents at 1:10pm acknowledging a serious incident in The Drive.

It asked all parents to keep away from the area.

Teachers would be meeting with students who walk home past the area at 2.45pm to brief them and assure them that their passage home will be safe, its notice said.

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Police officers outside the house, on the corner of The Drive and Alba Rd.


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