Mass Stabbing Breaks Out At Sacramento Capital

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 5.58.08 PMProtesters reportedly showed up dressed in armor, ready for a fight. Check out the details below.

At least five people were stabbed, with some injured critically, during clashes between rallying neo-Nazis and counter-protesters at the Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday, fire officials said.

Five patients were transported to local hospitals with stab wounds, said Chris Harvey, public information officer for the Sacramento Fire Department. Several other people suffered cuts, scrapes and bruises but were not taken to the hospital, Harvey said.

“It was quite a bit of a melee,” Harvey said, mentioning that several different groups had descended on the Capitol, including counter-protesters.

Harvey said he did not know which groups the stabbing victims were from.

Emergency responders got the call at roughly 11:45 am. The victims were spread out over the Capitol grounds, which covers multiple blocks in downtown Sacramento, Harvey said. As of 12:45 p.m. the crowds had been dispersed and most protesters had left the area.

The Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group, was holding a march Sunday “to protest against globalization and in defense of the right to free expression,” according to the group’s website. The members appeared to be vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters, who held up signs that read “Nazi scum,” according to photos and videos posted on social media.

An organizer of the rally who wasn’t at the Capitol, said on a web live stream that one person from his group had been stabbed and was being transported to the hospital.

“They got one of us but we got six of them,” he said.

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), a former sheriff’s captain, said that Capitol employees were being sheltered on the building’s basement level, and that the building remains on lockdown.

Protesters shattered a window on the Capitol’s south ground level.

One observer estimated the initial crowd of anti-protesters at several hundred.

By early afternoon, law enforcement from the Sacramento Police Department and the California Highway Patrol appeared to be waiting for the counter-protest crowd to disperse on its own, the white supremacist group long since gone.

Some protesters came dressed for battle, several seen carrying wooden batons and some wearing plastic shields. “They came ready to fight,” said Cooper.

One local television crew was accosted by the protesters that showed up to confront the white supremacist group.

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