Korean woman stabbed in Miami art gallery by Chinese woman

December 10, 2015
(Korea Times file)

(Rudy Perez for the Miami Herald)

By Brian Han

The fact that a stabbing occurred at the Miami Beach Convention Center shocked those familiar with both the location and the organization hosting the exhibit.

So much so that those who witnessed the incident first believed that they were watching a performance art piece.

“A guy walked up to me and said, ‘I thought I saw a performance, and I thought it was fake blood, but it was real blood,’” artist Naomi Fisher told the Miami Herald.

It began when a 24-year-old woman named Siyuan Zhao of New York allegedly stalked her victim, a 33-year-old Korean woman only identified by her last name Shin, throughout the Art Basel gallery on Saturday.

Shin then confronted Zhao about continuously following her and bumping into her several times, and that’s when Zhao took out an X-Acto knife and stabbled her on the neck and shoulders according to a police report.

The attacker reportedly told officers as she was being arrested that she “had to kill her and two more” and “had to watch her bleed.”

Authorities transferred the victim to a local hospital with injuries that were deemed not life threatening.