Violence erupted at Comic-Con in San Diego’s Convention Center Saturday, July 24.
One fan in a Harry Potter shirt allegedly stabbed another guy just under the eye when one of them refused to switch seats in Hall H. [UPDATE: More reports are trickling in saying that the attack was not in fact a stabbing, but a severe scratch.]
Entertainment journalist Jen Yamato tweeted: “Uh, guards just escorted out a guy in handcuffs. Limping, blood on his new Comic-Con exclusive Harry Potter t-shirt. Look for it on YouTube.”
Eric Goldman from IGN tweeted out a photo of the man being helped out of the Convention Center. It appears that blood is on his white t-shirt.
The victim was removed on a stretcher.
A friend of Zap2it on the inside tells us that Hall H is on lockdown. Nobody is allowed in or out for the time being. She also informs us that other fans subdued the attacker until authorities arrived.
Fans in the cavernous Hall H — where Comic-Con previews upcoming movies with trailers and panel sessions — had just finished with the “Resident Evil: Afterlife” panel and were waiting for the Marvel Comics panel to begin when the fight took place.
Cole Abaius also tweeted out the event: “Cops here in Hall H. Stretchers. Guy bleeding from the eye. Might have been stabbed somewhere./ Guy wearing Harry Potter shirt just got arrested in Hall H. Aggravated Assaultiamous./In all serious, this stabbing took the air out of the room. It’s awful. Hope the guy is alright./Thanks, Comic Con. Show the Machete trailer after the stabbing. Very classy.”
UPDATE: Around 6 p.m. Hall H resumed their panels, beginning with Harrison Ford’s “Cowboys and Aliens.” Attendees are now free to leave if they wish.
We’re still searching for video.
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