At least five people were stabbed in violent clashes between demonstrators and counter-protesters Sunday at the Capitol. At least two of the victims have life-threatening injuries, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.
The Traditionalist Worker Party — which bills itself as “defending faith, family, and folk against the politicians and oligarchs who are running America into the ground” — was met by counter protestors calling the party "Nazis" and "fascists." According to the Sacramento Police Department, multiple people were injured.
In total, 10 people were transported to UC Davis Medical Center, including nine men and one woman, fire officials reported. Injuries varied from multiple stab wounds to lacerations.
The Traditionalist Worker Party had a permit to hold a rally at the Capitol. The rally was canceled after the confrontations.
The Sacramento Police Department is advising motorists to take alternative routes if traveling near the capitol this afternoon. Sgt. Matt McPhail of Sacramento Police says a gun was found in the area of the melee after the incident at the Capitol. He didn’t know what kind of gun – or if it’s a handgun. The Sacramento Police have not yet made any arrests.
This is a developing story. ABC10 will have more information once it becomes available.
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