Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans hailed as a hero in the French train attack in August, is in serious but stable condition after being stabbed Thursday near a Sacramento bar.
Airman First Class Stone, 23, was in stable condition on Thursday, an Air Force spokesperson said he was knifed three times in the upper body. Stone is expected to survive after about two hours of surgery, said Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center.
Stone was out with four friends — a male and three females — when he became involved in an argument with at least two men around 12:45 a.m. PT. in downtown Sacramento.
It appeared that a “verbal argument” ended up on the street and led to a physical confrontation, a Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman told NBC News. The deputy chief would not disclose what sparked the argument but said there was no evidence the assailants knew who Stone was.
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, right, receives the Airman’s Medal from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Washington on September 17 for his role in disarming a gunman on a Paris-bound train in August.
“We know it’s not related to what occurred in France,” Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said.
A grainy surveillance video from a camera outside a liquor store shows a large man who appears to be Stone fighting against a half-dozen people at an intersection as cars as onlookers pass by.
The group spills into the street as people take swings at each other, and the man who appears to be Stone knocks one person down before another man strikes at his back.
Police said two assailants fled in a car. No immediate arrests were made.
Bernard said he did not know whether Stone was drinking but noted that others in his group were.
Kirk said Stone remained heavily sedated in the intensive care unit. He declined to discuss any details about the surgery or whether any vital organs were damaged in the stabbing, beyond saying Stone had “significant injuries.”
“I suspect given his history of recent events he is quite a fighter,” Kirk said.
Doctors expect Stone to fully recover. Stone’s family asked Kirk to convey their gratitude for all the expressions of concern they had received.
In August, Stone and two of his childhood friends from Sacramento, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and college student Anthony Sadler, were vacationing in Europe when they sprang into action aboard a Paris-bound passenger train and tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man with ties to radical Islam. He had boarded the train with a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.
Stone, who is assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California, suffered a severely cut thumb and a knife wound to his neck during the struggle with the gunman.
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