Spencer Stone, one of the three brave Americans who helped foil an attempted terror attack on a high-speed European train, was stabbed Wednesday and is in critical condition, reports CBS News.
A statement from Sacramento police said Stone "was out with a group of friends when a physical altercation led to the victim being stabbed multiple times in his upper body." ABC 7 added further detail regarding the incident, reporting that Stone "was stabbed while apparently protecting a friend."
The 23-year-old Stone, a U.S. Airman 1st Class, was due to be promoted to staff sergeant on November 1, according to a report published in September.
Stone was the lead man in stopping a shirtless and armed Ayoub El-Khazzani when the latter attempted to open fire on a crowded train in eastern France in August. El-Khazzani slashed Stone with a box cutter so viciously the young airman later had to have reconstructive surgery on one of his hands. Still, he held the Moroccan national at bay while his childhood friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler and English businessman Chris Norman restrained the attacker.
An on-air report on MSNBC indicated Stone was stabbed in Sacramento, California and contradicted the CBS report, stating that Stone was in "stable condition."
We're keeping our fingers crossed for one of the good guys.
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