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According to the New York Daily News, Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen outside of 1 OAK in New York City early this morning. Copeland’s wife, Katrine Saltara, and a second woman were also slashed during the incident. Pero Antic and Thabo Sefalosha of the Atlanta Hawks were both arrested at the scene for interfering with police who were attempting to set up a crime scene.

Here are the details, from the NYDN:

A second woman was also stabbed amid the fracas, which happened shortly before 4 a.m., as the popular club on West 17th St. was preparing to close. An argument erupted as Copeland, the other victims and the suspect were leaving, the sources said.

The man who was arrested, Shezoy Bleary, 22, pulled out a knife and stabbed Copeland, 31, and slashed 28-year-old Katrine Saltara, described by investigators as Copeland’s wife, in the arm and leg, the sources said.

The second woman, Catherine Somani, 53, was slashed in the abdomen, the sources said.


Copeland and Saltara were rushed to Bellvue Hospital, and are in stable condition according to the Daily News’ sources. As for Antic and Sefalosha, they were charged with obstructing governmental administration for refusing to move while the crime scene was being set up.


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