A U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton died Friday of stab wounds he received during a fight in San Diego.
According to police, the Marine was stabbed in the upper torso and died at the scene despite attempts by a passerby, paramedics, and police to help.
The stabbing was reported at 1:33 a.m. near Sixth and Island avenues, in the Gaslamp Quarter -known for its young crowd drawn to the nightlife.
SDPD Homicide Lt. Todd Griffin did not provide the identity of the victim but stated it was a U.S. Marine based at Camp Pendleton, according to NBC news.
“The victim was stabbed on the south curb line of 500 Island Ave., then walked across the street and collapsed on the north curb line,” Griffin said during a media briefing this morning.
When officers and paramedics responded they found the Marine on the ground bleeding from a stab wound to his upper body.
“It is very tragic … and we’ll work hard to bring justice to the victim and his family,” Griffin said.
While police were tending the Marine they received a call that another victim was nearby. They determined the victim, a civilian, was injured in the same brawl as the Marine.
The victim was reportedly stabbed in the back and chest and taken to the hospital by paramedics for treatment.
According to KUSI News, officers and detectives were still conducting interviews in an attempt to piece together details of the deadly assault.
“There’s quite a bit of video surveillance to go through. There are a lot of cameras and we’re discovering more as we’re moving through the day and finding open businesses,” Griffin said.
The victim was with other Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time fo the assault; they are being considered witnesses by police.
“At this point, we only have one side of the story,” the Lieutenant warned.
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