A Man Was Stabbed with a Butcher Knife While Watching 'The Shallows'

The attack was reportedly completely random.

A man was stabbed nearly to death during a Wednesday screening of the Blake Lively shark movie, The ShallowsThe Los Angeles Times reports that the attack was a random one, perpetrated by a total stranger.

Adam Lucero, 21, was watching The Shallows at the Roxy Theater in Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday afternoon. Delonte Anthony Hart, who was sitting behind him a few seats away, approached him, stabbed him multiple times in the back with a large butcher knife, and ran out of the theater. Police tracked down Hart, 23, a few minutes later and arrested him.

Fellow moviegoers helped Lucero before he was taken to the hospital, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The knife hit his lung and nearly killed him, according to the New York Daily News. Lucero didn't know Hart, and the attack was apparently random. "It was completely out of nowhere. The victim did not do anything to provoke it, and the two men did not know each other," Santa Rosa Police Captain Rainer Navarro told the newspaper.

Some witnesses noticed that Hart was acting strangely during the movie, and some even moved away from his seat. Police did not say whether Hart, who is from Baltimore originally and is homeless, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the attack.

According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, this stabbing may be connected to the death of Cirak Tesfazgi, a homeless man who was stabbed 50 times early Monday morning in a doorway where he sometimes slept.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.