Two liquor store clerks were critically wounded after being stabbed with beer bottles Wednesday morning during an altercation with a man who attempted to steal beer in Hawthorne, police said.
The assault was reported around midnight in the 13000 block of Prairie Avenue, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.
Police said a man walked into the store and attempted to leave with a 6-pack of beer without paying. One of the clerks confronted the man and a struggle ensued. Another clerk came to help subdue the man.
Police said the man used one of the glass beer bottles and struck both of the clerks in the head. The man then stabbed both clerks in the neck and torso areas with the broken beer bottle.
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A second man came into the store and helped the attacker with the assault, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.
Both clerks were transported to a hospital with critical injuries. The victims were in stable condition and expected to survive their injuries, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.
No arrests have been made in connection with the assaults.
Oleevia Woo contributed to this report.