This is so scary. A stabbing broke out during a far-right rally in Sacramento, California, on June 26, leaving at least five people wounded and rushed to the hospital. Get the scary details right here.
A protest became violent outside of the Capitol in Sacramento, California, when counter-protesters showed up to a Traditionalist Worker Party rally on June 26. Clashes between protesters and counter-protesters resulted in a stabbing, and there are reportedly at least five people injured after the incident. So far, no deaths have been reported, but some of the injuries are reportedly critical.
It’s unclear how quickly the protest turned violent, but emergency responders reportedly got a call about the stabbing around 11:45 am PST. Although the victims were spread out around the several-block Capitol grounds, authorities were able to have the frantic crowds dispersed and the area mostly cleared just an hour later. There were several others injured during the stabbing and the resulting chaos, but only five people were rushed to the hospital to be treated for injuries, Chris Harvey, public information officer for the Sacramento Fire Department, told the LA Times.
The rally was being held by white nationalist group Traditionalist Worker Party “to protest against globalization and in defense of the right to free expression,” according to the group’s website. Word had apparently gotten out about the protest, as counter-protesters quickly showed up, seemingly in bigger numbers than the original group of protesters. They were supposedly ready to fight too, as many of the anti-protesters were seen carrying plastic shields and wooden batons.
Five people were initially reported to be stabbed, but Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party (who was not at the rally) told the LA Times that one of his party’s rallygoers had been injured and six members of the counter-protestors had been stabbed. “We knew we were outnumbered. We stood our ground. We will be back,” he said. “This is a victory for us because more of them walked away injured.”
As a result of the stabbing, the Capitol has been put on lockdown. Keep checking back to HollywoodLife.com for updates on this terrible incident.
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