1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Big Y supermarket stabbing

The stabbing was not a random act


OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH)– One person is dead and another is seriously injured after a stabbing at the Big Y grocery store in Old Lyme, Sunday.

Police confirm to News 8 that at around 2:12 p.m., troopers responded to the Big Y at 90 Halls Road after a stabbing assault occurred between a patron and a worker inside the Big Y. Police say one person has died and another was taken by Life Star to Yale New Haven Hospital with a serious injury.

Now State Police are trying to figure out what happened between the patron and the worker.

Witnesses told News 8 that there was an argument between two people in front of the fish department and that there was lots of yelling and screaming.

“I’m at the meat department and I just hear the screaming in the fish department and it looked like two men fighting almost. And then I only saw one get stabbed and it was so surreal. It was a matter of seconds,” said a witness.

A witness, who does not want to be identified, said it escalated quickly.

“I just heard a lot of screaming and a lot of yelling, I didn’t realize anybody was actually physically hurt until after I saw blood and then I just… it was probably about five seconds and I started running outside,” said the witness.

Police say that this was not a random act but that the victim and suspect are known to each other. Police say they are going to continue to investigate this to figure out exactly what was behind the stabbing.

“There was a knife utilized, we are still processing the scene to determine whether it was something from inside the store or brought from home,” said Lt Michael Kostrzewa, State Police. “We believe the knife is in the store.”

The identities of those involved is being withheld pending positive identity and family notification.

Big Y was closed for the rest of Sunday for the investigation. Police say the scene has been secured and that there is no further perceived threat to the public.