Man stabs himself to death in Target store kitchen aisle

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A man committed suicide Wednesday afternoon at a California Target, apparently with a self-inflicted knife wound to the torso, according to the Fontana Police Department.

The man walked into the Target in the 15200 block of Summit Avenue in Fontana, at the Falcon Ridge Town Center shopping mall, and used a packaged knife that was in the retail store, said police spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado.

The man died at the scene, the Los Angeles News Group reported, citing police. He was not immediately identified, according to KTLA.

fontana-policeOfficers responded to the scene and an investigation was underway, the department announced in a Facebook post at 1:20 p.m. It was unclear what time the apparent stabbing occurred.

The section of the Target where the incident occurred was "secured and covered," obscuring it from public view, Guzman-Hurtado said, adding that the store remained open for business.

"It's disgusting that they would let people continue to shop when there's a dead body inside," Marlene Rodriguez, 34, told the Los Angeles News Group.

Reached by phone at 3 p.m., a Target spokeswoman said the store was closed but declined to say when the closure occurred.

"At Target, the safety and security of our team members and guests is our top priority," said Erika Winkels, a public relations manager for the company. The retailer was cooperating with law-enforcement officials as they conducted an investigation, she said.