Five people were hospitalized Sunday afternoon after what police described as “mutual combat” at a Sikh temple in Renton.
Renton police were dispatched to a Sikh temple called Gurudwara Singh Sabha of Washington at 2:48 p.m., after receiving reports of a large fight between members of the temple, said Cyndie Morris, a public information officer for Renton police. Police were told beforehand that weapons were involved, but statements from people at the scene varied.
When officers arrived at the temple, they went downstairs where about 15 to 20 temple members were fighting with each other, Morris said. Police broke up the fight and Renton firefighters and EMS personnel transported five to six people involved in the fight to Valley Medical Center in Renton. None of them were believed to have life-threatening injuries.
One victim had a puncture wound, police said; a spokesperson for Valley Medical Center described the incident as a stabbing. The spokesperson said the stabbing victim would likely be released Sunday evening.
“This appears to be a case of ‘mutual combat’ among several temple members following a verbal dispute that escalated,” Morris said. “(It’s) unknown what initiated the dispute.”
Morris said the investigation is in the beginning stages. Police are not looking for any outstanding suspects and nobody was taken into custody at the scene.