A stabbing spree early Monday at several locations around Colorado Springs, Colorado, left eight people wounded, according to police and multiple news reports. The victims were taken to local hospitals and are expected to survive.
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8 expected to survive after random stabbing attack in Colorado

A random stabbing spree early Monday at several locations in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, left eight people wounded, according to police and multiple news reports.

The victims were taken to local hospitals and are expected to survive. 

An unidentified man was arrested after some of the victims were able to hold down the suspect until authorities arrived. 

Colorado Springs police said the attack took place over 30 minutes, and that victims were chosen at random as the suspect proceeded down a walking trail at America the Beautiful Park near Interstate 25. 

Police initially found two people stabbed after receiving the first calls for help about 1:30 a.m. 

Bystanders at the scene told officials the suspect fled down the trail toward the park. 

Officers were forced to split up into groups to assist the victims and find the suspect. 

Police continued to receive reports of several other stabbings about a mile and a half away from the first crime scene. 

“As we proceeded along the trail, we found several other people that the suspect came in contact with and had also assaulted,” said CSPD Sgt. Shawn Peterson in an interview with CBS affiliate KKTV 11 News. “We ended up getting another call for service or several other calls for service with regards to injured victims. Several were at America the Beautiful Park that also runs along that Santa Fe Trail. We then proceeded to that location and were getting medical to all the victims there.” 

Police next found two additional victims who had managed to disable the attacker and took the suspect into custody. 

No details were given about the assailant or the weapon that was used in the attack. 

There were also no reports about the extent of injuries to the victims.

Officials said they believe the suspect acted alone.

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