HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – It was supposed to be a day filled with love and good wishes at the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, but it turned into a violent family feud during a wedding.
One guest had to be taken away by ambulance after he was stabbed in the middle of the ceremony, police said.
“This happened during the actual ceremony,” said Lewis Rissman with the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. “The bride and groom were at the altar.”
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Rissman said several staff members were nearby when suddenly, one cousin lunged at another, in the back row, with a knife, just when the preacher asked family and friends to pray.
“Shortly after he mentioned bow their heads in prayer, one cousin, one gentleman took out a knife and went couple yards over and stab the other fella twice,” said Rissman.
Pictures showed the ambulance taking away the injured man. Police said he’s 31-years-old. Firefighters said he was stabbed in the chest and stomach. Lynch-Lee Hymn lives next door to the churc. He realized something was wrong when he heard a loud scream.
“It just sounded like shock!” said Hymn. “Not a blood-curdling scream, but like angst. And that’s what kind of startled me.”
Hymn spoke to a golfer who was just feet away when it happened. He said that witness saw the victim just moments after he was stabbed.
“The guy just said, ‘somebody stabbed me’ and when he lifted up his shirt, he told me, that’s when the women, some of the people around started getting very excited,” said Hymn.
The club manager said immediately after the stabbing, the suspect took off running outside, with several wedding guests close behind.
“The guy who actually did the stabbing ran out, he and two other people ran out and jumped in their car and a few others chased after him,” said Rissman.
No one has been taken into custody. Police say they are following up on leads. The suspect remains in the hospital in stable condition.
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