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Published on March 03, 2024
Man Fatally Stabbed in Altercation at Dave's Hot Chicken in Long Beach, Suspect Sought by PoliceSource: Google Street View

A grisly scene unfolded at a Dave's Hot Chicken in Long Beach where a man was stabbed to death during an altercation early Sunday morning. As the Long Beach Police Department continues its search for a suspect responsible for the fatal stabbing, details emerge of the chaos that transpired in the restaurant located at the corner of 2nd Street and Covina Avenue around 12:45 a.m., as reported by KTLA.

Witnesses at a packed Dave’s Hot Chicken watched a verbal confrontation brutally escalate into a fatal encounter. A video captured moments after the incident shows a the victim on the ground, with paramedics rushing to treat serious wounds. The identity of the deceased has not yet been released, and the circumstances leading up to the stabbing are still under investigation. Law enforcement has yet to provide a description of the suspect, who remains at large, according to CBS News Los Angeles.

"Officers located a male adult victim suffering a stab wound to his upper body and immediately rendered aid," the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement. "The preliminary investigation indicates that there was a physical altercation involving the victim and suspect…during the altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim before [fleeing] the scene," according to information obtained by KTLA.

Authorities have not determined a motive for the stabbing and an investigation is underway. The Long Beach community has been left shaken by the violent act in an otherwise familiar and frequented local hotspot. "During that altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim and ran from the scene," said the Long Beach Police Department of the incident as reported by ABC7. The police are urging anyone with information to come forward and assist in bringing closure to a heinous act that has stunned the local patrons and inhabitants alike.

The Long Beach Police Department has encouraged any individuals who have information about the incident to contact them, helping in the efforts to apprehend the assailant responsible for this senseless tragedy.