Spencer Stone was stabbed Wednesday night in the Sacramento area and is in stable condition, Air Force officials said. He is one of three Americans hailed as heroes for stopping a suspected terror attack on a French train in August, according to FOX News.
The Sacramento Police Department on Thursday morning declined to identify Spencer Stone as the victim, but described a stabbing incident that occurred around 12:46 a.m. in an area of downtown Sacramento with a number of nightclubs nearby.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing and found a man in his 20s who had been stabbed multiple times in his upper body and was in critical condition, Sacramento Police Officer Traci Trapani said. The man was leaving one of the businesses and was walking east when he had an argument with an “unknown suspect,” Trapani said.
The assailant pulled out a knife and stabbed the man multiple times.
“There’s no motive,” Trapani said. “It appears to be a random deal.” Sacramento police have also said alcohol appeared to be involved.
The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, Trapani said. Detectives are “actively investigating,” but police have not released any information about the suspect.
Stone, a 23-year-old U.S. airman from Carmichael, Calif., was the first American to tackle a gunman aboard the Paris-bound train. Spencer, who was with his childhood friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, was awoken by the sound of a gunshot in their railway carriage. He looked up and saw an assailant at the end of the car holding an AK-47. The friends ran down the length of the carriage and tackled the gunman. Stone locked him in a chokehold while Skarlatos snatched his gun away.
Spencer was left with injuries that required surgery, including a nearly severed thumb. The friends of Spencer were quickly hailed as heroes and celebrated by President Obama and French President Francois Hollande.
A family friend, Janet Kampouris, who spoke on behalf of Spencer Stone’s mother after the train attack, said she was awoken by a reporter who called to ask her about the stabbing news.
“I’m still stunned,” Kampouris said. “I’m waiting like everyone else to hear more. I’m in total shock.”