The gentleman was shopping with his wife in the Pen-y-Graig store this afternoon when he was attacked with a knife.. A large police cordon remains in place from Penygraig Boys and Girls Club up to Pisgah Chapel. South Wales Police have advised people to avoid the area. Many businesses were still open at the time of the incident and were operating under the current lockdown rules.
The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed four people have been taken to Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales and the Royal Glamorgan Hospital but has yet to provide an update on their condition.
A spokesperson said: “We were called today, Tuesday May 5, at approximately 1.50pm to reports of an incident on Tylacelyn Road in Tonypandy.
“We sent one rapid response vehicle, three emergency ambulances, two advanced paramedic practitioners and our Hazardous Area Response Team, who were supported by an air ambulance.
“Four people were taken by road to Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales and the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea of South Wales Police’s Major Crime Investigations Team told Wales Online: “This is a very tragic incident and one man has died and his family is being supported by specially trained police officers.
“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victim’s family at this very sad time.
“This incident will have understandably caused a lot of shock in the local community and I want to reassure residents that a full investigation has been launched.
“However, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”
South Wales Police confirmed a woman has been arrested and is currently in custody.
A spokesman said: “Police are currently in attendance in Tylacelyn Road, Pen Y Graig, following a serious incident at the location.
“A woman has been arrested in connection with the incident a and is in police custody.”
Horrified shoppers queuing outside described their terror at the woman going “beserk” and reportedly stabbing a man in a van.
She then rushed into shop and stabbed the elderly man in the neck.
One local shopkeeper said: “One person has died and another is critically ill in hospital. We think the other two will survive.
“I saw a man with blood dripping down the back of his head and a woman with a cut on her neck.
“It was crazy – we think it was just a random attack. But everyone is feeling very uptight.”
Other horrified witnesses described how the woman attacked four different people, some of which were left covered in blood.
Ravi Raj, 35, manager at the Pen Y Graig post office, said: “There was a woman attacking four different people with a knife.
“I saw one of the men bleeding from his neck and one of the women from the side of the neck. I heard one of the women was dead, one of them is critical.”
Another shopkeeper said: “The man was just sat there in his van when he was stabbed in the neck. He was left slumped over the wheel covered in blood.
“She then went on and stabbed two women in the Co-op.
“One of the women who was stabbed was just going about her daily shop when she was attacked. I saw her mother outside the Co-op after and she was in bits.”
Another witness told the PA news agency: “I just saw a hat and cans on the floor outside the Co-op as I was pulling up and thought ‘that’s strange’, then paramedics arrived.