A 24-year-old worker at a luxury furniture store in Los Angeles was stabbed to death inside the store on Thursday in what authorities called a random attack.
Officers responded to a radio call about a deadly weapon attack on the Croft House on busy North La Brea Avenue in the city around 1:50 p.m. They were met by a customer who entered the store to find Brianna Kupfer dead on the floor, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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Investigators said she was alone in the business when a homeless man attacked her with a knife and fled into an alley.
Investigators determined that Kupfer did not know her attacker. No motive for the murder has been established and no arrests have been made.
Kupfer was a graduate student of architectural design at the University of California, Los Angeles, authorities told Los Angeles-based FOX 11.
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“I was just hoping to visit the store and can’t believe the news, it’s so awful it’s so upsetting. I’ve emailed her a few times, she’s a good salesperson. It’s really disturbing,” said Lisa Finkenstaedt, a New York interior designer who often works with Croft House, the news channel told.
An Instagram post on the Croft House account said the showroom will be closed until further notice to allow “our team members to mourn and process this unimaginable tragedy and to allow law enforcement officers to complete their investigations.”
The attack happened the same day a nurse in the emergency room was beaten outside Union Station in Los Angeles. The nurse was hospitalized in critical condition, while a homeless man with a criminal record was arrested, authorities said.