A stabbing occurred after an altercation over a bike between two men outside the 99 Cents Store near the American River College campus at around 5:20 p.m Wednesday, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Tony Turnbull.
The victim, a 36-year-old male, received non life-threatening injuries in the altercation and there is no suspect description at this time, according to Turnbull.
The store parking lot was blocked off by sheriff’s patrol cars, which caused major traffic delays on Auburn Boulevard and College Oak Drive.
Ten sheriff patrol cars and two ambulances were at the scene as the area was taped and blocked off. A helicopter was also flying around the surrounding area.
Customers were asked to leave the store and move their cars outside the parking lot area close to the store.
“There were employees trying to go work, trying to clock in and the police wouldn’t let it,” said ARC student Kimberly Wilson, an ARC theater major who was attempting to enter the store.
A parking lot security guard asked everyone in the parking lot to vacate the area and did not give an explanation as to why.
Employees from the 99 Cents Store said they cannot comment because of store policy.
Employees from other businesses said they were asked by customers, but had no information.
“People came and asked me what happened and why there were a lot of cops in the parking lot, but I don’t know. I didn’t see anything,” said Nadia Stupak, an employee at the nearby Factpohom Khi 8 European Deli Market.
Turnbull said that an investigation was under way but that the Sheriff’s Department has no further information at this time.
The Current will update this story as more information becomes available.
Robert Hansen and Matthew Peirson contributed to this report.