COVID-19 warning sign
A COVID-19 warning sign in Los Angeles County. Courtesy of the county

A man is hospitalized Tuesday after what witnesses say was a dispute over the victim not wearing a mask in Santa Monica.

According to witnesses, a security guard confronted the victim over his refusal to wear a mask inside a Vons supermarket on Monday night and an argument quickly escalated.

“There was a tussle” between the security guard and the victim, witness Andre Berryman told ABC7, and ultimately the security guard pulled a out a knife and stabbed the victim, according to Berryman.

The man was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition.

A mask mandate for Los Angeles went into effect on Monday and Los Angeles County has a mask mandate in place in indoor settings.

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