French train hero stabbed after fight near bar; alcohol likely a factor

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Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center, speaks to members of the media about the condition of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone after surgery, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Police in California’s capital city say the stabbing of a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping stop a gunman on a French train came after a fight near a bar and wasn’t related to terrorism.

Sacramento police said in a news release Thursday that Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was stabbed multiple times in his upper body and is being treated for injuries that apparently are not life-threatening. University of California, Davis, Medical Center says Stone is in serious condition.

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This frame from video provided by A&P Liquors, shows a group of people, including U.S. airman Spencer Stone, fighting outside a bar in Sacramento, Calif., in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (A&P Liquors via AP)

Police say a fight led to the stabbing and alcohol was likely a factor. Authorities say it doesn’t appear to be a random act. A call from a passer-by came in at 12:46 a.m. Thursday.

The 23-year-old was taken to an area hospital. University of California, Davis, Medical Center says Stone is in serious condition.

Police say investigators are searching for two Asian men who fled in a dark-colored 2009 to 2012 Toyota Camry.

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