Two people are in hospital after being attacked by a machete-wielding man who was angry about coronavirus restrictions.
Kelvin Edwards, 35, is alleged to have attacked Kevin Craft, 55, and his wife, Leanne Craft, 50, at a storage facility in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday afternoon, police said.
He had collected the machete from his own bin at the storage facility before attacking the couple, who he did not know, without warning.
He continued to slash at them even as they lay on the ground bleeding.
Police were called at 2.47pm and as the first police car approached just a few minutes later, Edwards stood on the street with his hands up, having thrown his machete onto the path.
The six police officers first on the scene were congratulated for their attempts to save Mr and Mrs Craft.
One of them, central precinct officer James Hill, said: “The first thing that came to my mind when I looked through those doors I just saw the colour red was very prominent.
“Just from the way the victims appeared, I could tell from about 20-25ft away they were going to need quite a bit of medical assistance.
“We immediately set upon placing tourniquets around the arms and legs of Mr Craft and a short time later…we began treating Mrs Craft.”
We are pulling for the recovery of Kevin & Leanne Craft of Brentwood who were attacked by a machete-wielding stranger Sun afternoon. Here are parts of this afternoon’s news conf, which includes officers who worked to arrest suspect Kelvin Edwards & save the lives of the victims. pic.twitter.com/RSm1QN301u
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) May 19, 2020
Mr and Mrs Craft are in a critical condition in hospital and Edwards, who is homeless, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
Police said he had told them he attacked the couple to show his anger about the shutdowns enacted by government to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed almost 320,000 people worldwide.
He said he was also angry that he could not get help at a local charity for homeless people.
Officers said Edwards has an Arkansas driver’s licence but has been in Nashville since at least 2016, when he was first arrested in the city.
He served time in jail for vandalism and, while in jail, he was convicted of assault after spitting at two sheriff’s deputies.