UPDATE: South Philly Hotel Stabbing Now Being Investigated as a Suicide
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: According to a statement released late this afternoon, the police are treating this morning’s incident as a suicide:
On Thursday, September 11, 2014 approximately 8:11am, 3rd District officers responded to 1000 Packer Ave, the Holiday Inn Hotel, where they found a 48 year old white female, suffering from multiple stabs wounds to the arms, neck and breast. Complainant was transported to HUP by medics and rushed into surgery.
The complainant is a 6th grade teacher at Key Elementary located 2230 S. 8th St. The Complainant was observed entering the female’s restroom at approximately 7:46am and found by the witness with her injuries at about 7:55am. A pair of scissors and steak knife were recovered at the scene. At this time the incident is being investigated as a suicide based on the evidence of the investigation.
There are no indications that this incident was related to the school in any way and did not occur on school grounds. However, we are working with the School District of Philadelphia in making sure grief counselors are available for any student that may need one as a result of the news of this incident.
The complainant’s name is not being released at this time due to family notification.
EARLIER UPDATE: NBC 10 reports that the woman, a teacher at Francis Scott Key School at 8th and Wolf, has died.
Police said the woman suffered stab wounds to her throat, chest and arms. They found her inside a stall locked from the inside.
She arrived for work Thursday to drop off some materials but left a short time later, according to the district.
ORIGINAL: A woman was stabbed in the bathroom of the Stadium Holiday Inn on Thursday morning. The woman was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is in critical condition.
Police say the woman was stabbed multiple times just after 8 a.m. Thursday. They found two weapons at the scene.
The victim was likely in her forties.
For confidential support if you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Learn about the warning signs of suicide at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.