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‘It Looked Like a Mosh Pit’: Boy Stabbed in Back, Man Slashed as Wild Beach Brawl Breaks Out on Coney Island

"This has never happened in front here where we are," one store owner in the area said. "We've never seen something like this happen."

A teenage boy and a young man were stabbed amid a chaotic brawl that broke out on the beach on Coney Island and spilled to the boardwalk Monday, disturbing area store owners who described an unusually frightening scene. 

It's not clear what sparked the 7 p.m. fight. A 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the back and torso, while a 21-year-old man was slashed in the face, cops say.

Witnesses told News 4 there were "large groups of people" involved in a number of separate fights that started on the beach and spread to the boardwalk. 

Maya Haddad-Miller, who owns a beach shop with her family near the corner of Stilwell Avenue and the boardwalk, said the chaos started after hours of what she described as an unusually large crowd gathered on the beach. 

"We first noticed a fight break out on the beach and it looked like a mosh pit," she said. "This has never happened in front here where we are. We've never seen something like this happen." 

Both victims -- one from Manhattan, one from the Bronx -- were hospitalized in stable condition and are expected to be OK.

No arrests have been made, and cops continue to hunt at least two attackers who were seen fleeing the area Monday night. Anyone with information about the brawl is asked to call the NYPD. 

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