A MAN WAS STABBED and robbed of his copy of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) early Tuesday morning, just moments after picking up the game at its midnight launch.
The Telegraph reported that the 23 year old victim was hit with a brick and stabbed while leaving an Asda store in Colindale, London, where he had queued for almost an hour ahead of the GTA V launch at midnight.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said, "We were called at 1:20am to Princes Avenue, Colindale. A 23 year old man was shopping, then on his way back home he was hit with a brick and stabbed.
"He was robbed of items he had bought from a nearby Asda supermarket, including a copy of Grand Theft Auto."
Police said that the attack likely was carried out by multiple assailants, but that it remained unclear how many people were responsible. They have yet to catch whoever did it, and are calling for witnesses to contact them with any information on the attack.
The victim is in stable condition in a North London hospital, and we hope somebody has taken him another copy of GTA V to cheer him up.
GTA V was released at midnight on Tuesday, although some punters that ordered the game through Amazon might have received it a couple of days early. The game, which apparently was the most costly game title to develop in history, is expected to shift 25 million copies in 12 months, bringing in around $1bn for game developer Rockstar.
Rockstar has not yet commented on the news, and anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111. µ
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