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Four Fans Stabbed At Florida CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Show

June 24, 2005

Four people were stabbed, one fatally, at a CORROSION OF CONFORMITY last night (June 23rd) at the Masquerade club in Tampa, Florida. It’s been reported that, the incident started when two women started pushing and shoving each other in what was quickly becoming a mosh-pit. Witnesses say that people tried to break up the fight, but the chaos quickly spread to other members of the audience.

According to a Tampa police spokesperson, one of the victims was pronounced dead early Friday morning (June 24) at Tampa General Hospital. Police said he was stabbed in the chest and upper body repeatedly, and died from those fatal wounds.

Three other concertgoers suffered injuries ??" one of them, a female in her early 20s, was rushed to Tampa General, where she remains in critical condition, having suffered stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. The two other victims, both males, were also treated for stab wounds. One of them remains in hospital care and has been listed in stable condition. The other was treated at the scene and sent home.

The suspect, a white male with a shaved head between the ages of 28-30, approximately 5'8"-5'10" tall, and with a red or brown goatee and mustache, managed to flee from the venue before police arrived at the scene.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY issued the following statement via their official website: “We are stunned [and] deeply saddened by the brutal stabbings of three people at the Tampa show. We don’t have much information at this time. Unofficially, we have heard that one victim didn’t make it. In twenty-plus years of gigging, we’ve never seen anything like this. It’s sad that people can’t come together for a good time, listening to music, without something tragic happening. We feel for the families of those attacked and wish success to Tampa law enforcement in their quest to solve this pointless crime.”

The North Carolina-based band is touring in support of its latest album, In the Arms of God.