A 37-year-old security guard at an Apple shop in New York City was stabbed many times, authorities said, following a disagreement over wearing a mask inside the store to comply with Covid-19 safety standards.
At approximately 6:20 p.m. on Friday, New York City police responded to the West 14th Street store in Manhattan.
The security officer told authorities that an unknown man attacked him once in the left arm and once in the forehead with a knife. Following that, the man fled into a nearby subway station.
The injured security guard was airlifted to a hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
“I saw him come out on the stretcher and thought, ouch,” Kimberly, a woman who works nearby and knows the security guy casually, told NBC New York. “Everybody was in a state of hysteria, crying. Everybody was taken aback.”
According to NBC New York, the Apple shop closed around two and a half hours early as staff spoke with police officials investigating the event and gathered evidence. Later Friday night, workers from a cleaning firm arrived to clear up the trail of blood that remained at the store several hours after the stabbing occurred.
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The investigation is ongoing, but as of Saturday morning, no one had been detained in connection with the incident, authorities informed NBC News in an email.