Two Japanese nationals have been stabbed to death in the US Pacific territory of Guam after a driver who crashed his car into a shop began stabbing onlookers, officials say.
The two women, 81-year-old Kazuko Uehara and Rie Sugiyama, 29, suffered fatal injuries when the 21-year-old man allegedly ran into six people in his car before getting out and stabbing eight more.
Sugiyama's eight-month-old son was also stabbed in the attack but survived.
Local media is reporting the man has been charged with two counts of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder and 13 counts of aggravated assault.
Court documents allege that after his arrest, the defendant admitted to wanting to cause as much damage as possible.
"The defendant later stated to police officers that he had intended on hurting as many people (as possible), with his vehicle initially, and subsequently with his knife," documents tendered in the Hagatna Superior Court said.
"An isolated incident"
A spokesman for Guam Visitor's Bureau, Tony Muna Jr, has told Radio Australia 14 people were caught up in the attack.
"We are definitely very shocked about this, because this is an isolated incident," Mr Muna said.
"Out of the tens of millions of visitors who've come to Guam in the past 40 years of history, this has never happened."
The Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, says the incident has shocked Guam's population of about 180,000 people.
He spoke to representatives from the Japanese consulate and made a statement offering his support to the people of Japan.
"We are shocked and grieving with the families of those who were injured and who died," he said in a statement.
"This is not the kind of thing that happens in our community - anyone who has been to Guam knows this.
"We are shocked...we are grieving with the families… and we extend our deepest condolences to those hurt."
Commitment to safety
Japanese tourists make up about 80 per cent of Guam's international visitors and provide a major boost to the economy.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, cautioned travellers leaving Japan to be careful.
"There are many people who go abroad for vacations, they should exercise utmost caution to ensure their safety," he said.
"As the government of Japan, we will do what we can to that end."
However, Guam Visitors Board chairman, Mark Baldyga, said the country had long been seen as one of the safest destinations in the region.
Governor Calvo says Guam was committed to ensuring the safety of visitors to the island.
Local woman Ashley Quichocho told Guam's Pacific Daily News she saw a car speed into the convenience store before a man hopped out and started attacking people.
"He started stabbing someone and I started freaking out. He was just running back and forth stabbing people," Ms Quichocho told the Pacific Daily News.
She then fled into the resort to escape.
Another witness, Lendi Cruz, told AFP he came out of the car and started attacking people.
"It was scary," Ms Cruz said.