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Man shot dead, at least five stabbed in brawl by Lake Berryessa, Napa sheriff says

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June 09, 2024

A man was shot dead and at least five people were stabbed in a large fight Saturday evening on the shore of Lake Berryessa, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police on Saturday night were not naming the dead man or saying where he lived.

“There were several victims who were stabbed,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Henry Wofford. “We don’t have the count at this point. My understanding is there’s more than five who were stabbed for sure.”

Two people with stab wounds were airlifted to local hospitals in serious condition, Wofford said. Other stabbing victims were driven to hospitals by friends or family members, he added.

“We’re actually at hospital emergency rooms … looking for witnesses and victims,” Wofford said at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, adding that officers were also still at the scene talking with witnesses.

Police were called at 5:30 p.m. to the Oak Shores day-use area, Wofford said. “We didn’t witness the brawl,” Wofford said. “By the time we were there there wasn’t a brawl, there were victims, stabbed victims and a gunshot victim. It was pretty chaotic.”

Investigators had not determined what started the fight, or how many people were involved, Wofford said. “I can’t tell you if it was all one pack or if it was four different groups all fighting at the same time,” he said. “There’s a chance that there was more than one initial altercation.”

The Oak Shores day-use area on the west side of Lake Berryessa — which had a high of 86 degrees Saturday — is free to access and gets very crowded when the weather is nice, Wofford said.

Because of the “size and nature” of the incident, the Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Napa County Major Crimes Task Force, which includes the Napa Police Department and the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, Wofford said.

“We will be working through the night,” Wofford said. “We’re in the infancy stage of this investigation.”

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