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Venice drum circle stabbing leaves one hospitalized

April 25, 2011 |  8:12 am

Map shows approximate location of incident in black and recent crime reports in brown and red. Click for more details on The Times' interactive Crime L.A. project. Venice Beach's famed drum circle was marred by an Easter Sunday stabbing that left a 20-year man hospitalized in stable condition.

The unidentified man was stabbed twice in the chest around 7:45 p.m. before his attacker fled, said Sgt. Danny Contreras of the Los Angeles Police Department.

A fight broke out at the eclectic gathering of drummers and dancers as sunset approached. The victim was in a group of drummers when a crowd of onlookers gathered and the stabbing occurred, police said.

Authorities said they did not believe the attack was gang-related.

Dozens of people who are otherwise strangers trek to Venice Beach each weekend to bang drums, plastic buckets and empty water bottles in a celebration of sound, dance and community. The drum circle has gained worldwide fame for its diverse crowd of bohemians, homeless people and tourists.

The stabbing marked the second consecutive weekend that Venice Beach has been the scene of violence. Last weekend, a gang-related shooting critically injured a man and sent thousands of panicked people fleeing the boardwalk.

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Map: Shows approximate location of incident in black and recent crime reports in brown and red. Credit: Crime L.A.

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