The second weekend of the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival was not all fun and games for some – two men were stabbed in a brawl between security guards before the venue opened. The fight was reported at 10:25am on Sunday at the security check-in portion of the venue. No other Coachella fans were in danger, as Sgt. Dan Marshall of the Indio Police Department told LA Weekly that “the area where this took place was completely back-of-house.”
“The initial investigation uncovered that there was a verbal dispute between two different groups of individuals employed by the same security vendor working at the festival that escalated into a physical altercation,” Indio police stated. One victim received a stab wound to his abdomen and is currently being observed in the hospital in good condition; the second was injured on his face and head and was released shortly after being hospitalized. The weapon was a pocket knife, according to Marshall; although there were witnesses, detectives are still looking for further tips about the fight. Anyone with information were told to share it by calling (760) 391-4057.