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Five people stabbed at Hookah Bar in University City


Five people were stabbed early Sunday morning outside a hookah lounge in the University City area.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a fight inside Red@28th on Pinnacle Drive, a hookah bar, spilled out into the parking lot. Five people were then stabbed around 2:09 a.m.

Two of those victims were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to CMPD. Officers said shots were fired in the parking lot during the fight, but no one was hurt. 

The lounge's owner, Jazz Vincent, said for as long as he has owned his business, he has never seen anything like this happen there.

"We've been in business for almost eight years, and never witnessed something of this magnitude," Vincent said.

Police have not said what led to the fight. 

This is the second incident at the parking lot of this Hookah Lounge in the last month. On March 3, a victim was shot outside the bar after a confrontation, according to police. 

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Vincent said he believes the same people are responsible for both the shooting two weeks ago and the stabbings early Sunday morning.

"We noticed the last two or three weeks some activity going on in the parking lot when cars are parked together. Some staff members saw some people talking in the middle of the night when they were leaving," Vincent said.

Vincent told WBTV he just bought security wands to detect knives, guns, or other weapons. He also said he plans on getting patrol on his parking lot.

Vincent will hold a town hall meeting in Red@28th on Wednesday at noon, to discuss this recent violence.

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