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Gruesome Philly Supermarket Stabbing Leaves a Bloody Mess in the Dairy Aisle — but How Some Shoppers React Is the Bigger Story


"We had to tell them it was human blood."

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In the wake of a daylight stabbing in a Philadelphia supermarket, it's the reaction of some customers that's making headlines.

After a 50-year-old man was stabbed in the face and neck with a kitchen knife in the dairy aisle of a Pathmark store Tuesday afternoon, some customers kept right on shopping amid the bloody chaos, police told WCAU-TV.

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In fact many customers were "standing on the blood, and pushing their shopping carts over the blood," Chief Inspector Scott Small told WCAU. "We had to tell them it was human blood."

Believe it or not, one guy even asked an officer to reach over the blood and pass him cheese, the news station reported.

Small told WCAU the shoppers' nonchalant behavior was "somewhat surprising." At least 100 customers were in the store in the northeast section of the city when the stabbing occurred, investigators said.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he was in critical but stable condition, WCAU reported.

The suspect, 40, knew the victim and entered the store separately from him before an argument ensued, police told WCAU. After fleeing the scene, the suspect was captured on train tracks about a mile from the store, police said, adding that his knife was found at a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other offenses but has not yet been identified, WCAU reported.

Following the stabbing the supermarket was closed for the night while health department officials checked on food safety and crews cleaned and disinfected the crime scene, the station added.

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