Redbank Plains stabbing: Disturbing details emerge after woman was knifed in front of her six-year-old granddaughter at a shopping centre

A woman was stabbed to death in front of her granddaughter at a busy shopping center in what the police believe to be a robbery gone wrong.

Emergency Services were called to Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Centre, in south-west Brisbane, at about 6.10pm on Saturday.

A 70-year-old woman was found in the centre’s underground car park with life-threatening injuries and died at the scene.

The horrific incident unfolded in front of the woman’s six-year-old granddaughter, who was uninjured and screamed for help from passersby.

The knifeman is understood to have stolen a vehicle from the car park soon after the incident sparking an urgent manhunt.

Police are hunting for a man who allegedly stabbed and killed a 70-year-old grandmother in front of her granddaughter, 6, in a Brisbane shopping center (pictured, police at the scene)

Police are hunting for a man who allegedly stabbed and killed a 70-year-old grandmother in front of her granddaughter, 6, in a Brisbane shopping center (pictured, police at the scene)

Detective acting superintendent Heath McQueen described the incident as ‘very harrowing’.

‘We can assure you that we are applying a large number of resources to this investigation this evening,’ he said.

‘We will continue to investigate this around the clock, we will commit all the resources we have at our disposal to locate this offender and apprehend him.’

The attack was so aggressive that seasoned offenders had been ‘taken back’ when watching footage of the incident.

Local doctor Ademola Afolabi rushed to the woman’s aid after hearing the young girl’s cry for help.

He said he saw ‘a lady in a pool of blood’ and without a pulse before calling Triple-Zero.

‘We tried some CPR, but there was nothing, a nurse came around at some point but it was too late,’ Mr Afolabi told the Courier Mail.

The grandmother died from her injuries in the underground carpark of the Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Center (pictured) in what is believed to be a robbery gone wrong

The grandmother died from her injuries in the underground carpark of the Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Center (pictured) in what is believed to be a robbery gone wrong

Seasoned officers were 'taken back' by the level of violence used in the attack that will mentally 'leave a scar' on the young girl (pictured, police at the scene)

Seasoned officers were ‘taken back’ by the level of violence used in the attack that will mentally ‘leave a scar’ on the young girl (pictured, police at the scene)

Despite facing confronting scenes in his line of work, he said the incident was unlike anything he had seen before and that ‘a little girl shouldn’t have to witness that’.

‘The only contact I had with her was to do CPR, I’ve seen quite a fair bit of dead people, but nothing like this,’ he said.

While the granddaughter was uninjured during the attack, detective McQueen said it would most likely ‘leave a scar on her’.

He urged anyone with information to contact the police to help investigations.

‘This is a 70-year-old grandmother, this is in front of her six-year-old granddaughter, and now is the time to step up and come forward and provide us with information that we need as to who the identity of this offender is,’ he said.