Published Jan 08, 2015The mosh pit nearly became deadly last night (January 7) during a Cattle Decapitation concert in California, with the show coming to an early close after a man was slashed in the neck with a knife.
As NBCLA reports, the attack occurred at La Habra, CA's 300 Bowl venue. Apparently the incident started when a man entered a mosh pit, pulled out a knife and began slashing at the victim's neck. Surrounding concertgoers then took down the knife-wielding assailant, knocking him unconscious in the process.
The knifing victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the suspect has been named as 30-year-old Adam Merrill, who was also taken to hospital following the incident. According to police, Merrill will be charged with assault of a deadly weapon.
Suicide Silence drummer Alex Lopez was in the crowd at 300 Bowl and made the following observation later on via Twitter:
As Lambgoat points out, a more substantial account was given by concert attendee Jesse Goytia on his Facebook page, where he claims to be the one that knocked the knife out of the attacker's hand and alleges that the knifing occurred following an earlier incident of violence in the pit.
I arrived and so did 7 police cars an ambulance and a fire truck. Someone got stabbed in the neck... Took that decapitation too far...— Alex Lopez (@lopezalex) January 8, 2015
"Yes someone got sliced not stabbed at the Cattle D show. The guy that got sliced apparently hit a female who tried to hit him (or did hit him)," he wrote. "Females boyfriend sliced the dude that hit her everyone jumped on the guy with the knife and I may have broke the dudes finger taking the knife from him. I was called a hero (I think jokingly) but the cops didn't see it that way."
Goytia added: "In my opinion both guys are idiots Cattles set got cut by 5 songs and that spot might lose their live entertainment permit. HEY ASSHOLES LEAVE THE WEAPONS AT HOME, DONT HIT FEMALES, AND LADYS IM SORRY BUT STOP TRYING TO FIGHT YOUR MANS BATTLES."
Cattle Decapitation have not yet commented on the attack. Their tour continues, and you can see the U.S. schedule down below.
In band-related news, the group have recently been working on a follow-up to their Monolith of Inhumanity LP from 2012. The as-yet-undetailed effort is expected to arrive sometime this year.
01/08 Las Vegas, NV - Diverbar
01/09 Tempe, AZ - Club Red
01/10 Santa Fe, NM - Locker Room
01/11 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre