The 35-year-old who died after being stabbed at a northeast Modesto bar on Nov. 19 has been identified by police as a resident of Yemen. Fadi Salman had been in Stanislaus County only a few months, visiting family, Officer Billy Boyle said in a news release Wednesday.
One other person was stabbed in the incident at the Shadow Lounge, located at Oakdale Road and Sylvan Avenue, but those wounds were not life-threatening.
Salman and the second stabbing victim were taken by ambulance to a hospital, where Salman died. A third victim arrived at the hospital not by ambulance, police said. “His injuries were first reported as having been stabbed; however after being treated, it was determined he was not stabbed. His injuries were minor,” Boyle said in the news release.
Detectives have learned that an argument, believed to have started in the bar, continued into the rear parking lot and escalated into a fight that resulted in the stabbings.
Police responding to a call about 12:15 a.m. that Saturday morning were told a number of people had fled the scene. Detectives still are working to determine the number of suspects, their descriptions and any associated vehicle descriptions.
The Republic of Yemen is an Arab country in Western Asia. It’s primarily an Islamic nation. “This is not being labeled a hate crime nor has there been any talk or determination they were targets because of race, religion, etc.,” Boyle told The Bee in an email.
The surviving victims were interviewed by homicide detectives. Boyle said he does not believe they are relatives of Salman’s. “Just friends, from what I’ve gathered,” he said. “We aren’t releasing the names of the other victims because the suspects are still outstanding.”