Man stabbed stranger in northwest Austin sporting items retailer, police say


AUSTIN (KXAN) – A man is charged with a second degree crime after police allege he stabbed someone in a sports shop in northwest Austin on Saturday.

Forty-year-old Nicholas James McPherson is charged with grievous bodily harm with a lethal weapon following an affidavit held in the Academy Sports and Outdoors store on 12250 Research Blvd.

Police say McPherson stabbed a customer and caused a “1” wide and 2 “deep wound on the victim’s left shoulder.

Police say they arrested McPherson less than a mile from the store at 1:18 p.m., about 10 minutes after the customer was stabbed.

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The affidavit states that the victim and McPherson did not know each other. The victim went to the store to buy a hat and then felt pain in his left shoulder. The victim reached back after feeling the sharp pain and noted “a lot of blood on his palm,” the affidavit said.

The victim told police after McPherson stabbed him that he had “quietly folded” a 3-inch knife and put it in his pocket. After McPherson did that, he wanted to leave the shop, but ran off as soon as the victim yelled at him, the affidavit says.

The affidavit says that when officers checked the surveillance video, McPherson stopped near clothing and watched people walk through the store. At 1:08 p.m., police say McPherson approached a hat display the victim was on, stood behind the victim and grabbed it with his right hand. Then he stabbed the victim in the left shoulder with his left hand, according to the affidavit.

Police say the victim’s wound was about two inches to the left of her neck.

Jail records indicate that McPherson is currently booked in Travis County Jail. The attorney information for McPherson was not immediately available, but once we do we will contact his attorney and request an explanation on his behalf.

Academy Sports & Outdoors released a statement on Sunday with the following words:

“At Academy Sports + Outdoors, our priority is the safety of our customers and team members. We were shocked and saddened that this happened in one of our stores. We send our thoughts and prayers to the injured person with the hope that they will recover quickly. We’re working with the Austin Police on the investigation. “