Man Stabbed in the Back While Showering at the Gym: Police

A man was followed into a California gym shower where he was stabbed, police said.

According to CBS News, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) said the suspect followed the man into the Crunch Fitness gym on 12800 Valley View Avenue, in La Mirada, southeast of Los Angeles, at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Once inside, the suspect - another man - continued to follow the victim into the locker room and then into the shower where the stabbing happened.

The network reported that the victim was stabbed in the back with a six-inch knife before the suspect ran off.

Police told CBS News the man survived the stabbing and was described as being in a stable condition at the hospital.

Random Attack

Deputies added they believe the stabbing was a random attack and that they have no description of the suspect as his face was covered at the time.

Newsweek has contacted the LASD and the Crunch Fitness gym for comment.

In 2020, 65 percent of reported violent crimes in the state were aggravated assaults, according to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The Shouse California Law Group defines aggravated assault as a crime that typically involves use of a deadly weapon.

According to the PPIC, violent crime in California decreased by 0.5 percent to 428 per 100,000 residents between 2019 and 2020.

The statewide violent crime rate that year was 2.6 percent below the level in 2010 before the state carried out criminal justice reforms.

In 2020, California ranked 16th nationwide for violent crime and was higher than the national rate of 387 per 100,000 residents, according to PPIC.

Newsweek has reported on numerous cases where people have been stabbed while inside a store or property.

Earlier this year, a Walmart worker was stabbed in the back during a confrontation at a store in Oklahoma.

Following the attack at the Interstate 340 Service Road store, the employee was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers said the incident could have been an act of self-defense.

A Walmart spokesperson previously told Newsweek: "We are appreciative of the quick action of law enforcement and emergency responders. We're currently assisting local police in their investigation and will refer questions to them.

"Additionally, associates with questions or needs following Sunday's incident are encouraged to reach out to their manager for assistance."

According to 2020 figures from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, there were 2,013 aggravated assaults in Oklahoma where a knife or cutting instrument was used.

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A file photo of a police car. The man was stabbed in the back, according to police. Getty