Police were scrambled to an Asda in Crawley, West Sussex after a man was stabbed in the head.
The unnamed victim, believed to be in his 20s, remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering multiple serious head injuries in the violent attack.
Police rushed to the supermarket in Pegler Way at 2.40am on Wednesday morning following reports that two men had been involved in an assault.
Officers searched the area and arrested a 28-year-old man from Crawley nearby on suspicion of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
He is still in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
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Detective Inspector Collin Garman said: "The victim has suffered serious facial injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
"The assault happened in the early hours of the morning, however, there is likely to be people in the supermarket at that time who witnessed what happened.
"We would like to speak to anyone who has information on the assault or who could aid our investigation to please come forward."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or report it online.
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