Haunted Houses are popping up everywhere this time of year, and teens and youngsters are flocking to them in the hopes of being ‘scared to death’ by the sights and sounds set up for their entertainment. But for one attraction in Nashville, Tennessee, things got a little too real and a visitor ended up with a life-threatening injury.
The woman, who has not been identified, said that the entire incident came about as she and a group of her friends were waiting in line to go inside of the Halloween attraction.
According to Fox News, “As they were waiting to head into Nashville Nightmare Halloween around 9 p.m. Friday, an unknown male, who the group said they believed worked for the attraction, approached the four friends, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.”
The man then asked the woman if one of the friends was “f****** around with her". Deciding to play along with what she thought was part of the program, the woman replied, “Yes.” That’s when the unidentified stranger handed the woman a knife, instructing her to stab the friend. Thinking it was all part of the show, and that he had handed her a fake knife, she complied, plunging the knife into her friend’s left arm.
“As she pulled back, she realized that there was blood on the knife, there was a hole in the victims’ shirt and blood was squirting from the victim’s left arm,” the incident report said.
After the stabbing, the suspect retrieved the knife and fled the scene. No one in the group of friends believes the woman thought she was really stabbing the injured man, and she is not being charged with any crime. “The victim was transported to a hospital and treated for a ‘severe laceration’ on his arm." He needed nine stitches to close the wound.
“The unknown suspect is described as a skinny male who wore skull face makeup and a straw hat with a striped band, according to the police report.”
The Haunted House’s organizers, Thirteenth Floor Entertainment, is continuing to investigate the unfortunate incident and has confirmed that an employee was involved.
"As we have continued to review the information, we believe that an employee was involved in some way, and he has been placed on leave until we can determine his involvement," the company said in a statement to Fox News. "We are going over all of our safety protocols with all of our staff again, as the safety and security of all of our patrons is always our main concern."
Police are not yet involved in the investigation but the entertainment company said they would cooperate with them if it came to that.
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