What to Know
- Five people were left hurt, two of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, after nearly simultaneous stabbing attacks in Midtown, officials
- In one of the incidents, two people were badly injured after being attacked at the corner of West 41st Street and Eighth Avenue
- Two people were also brought to hospitals after getting knifed at West 46th Street and Eighth Avenue, according to officials
Three men who were in an ongoing dispute stabbed each other in Midtown Manhattan Monday night, injuring a fourth person and causing a disarray that spanned five blocks, police said.
The assaults that began at 36th Street and 8th Avenue were initially believed to be two separate incidents but the NYPD says the three men, who are 27-year-old, 34-year-old and 39-year-old, all knew each each other and got into a fight that led to Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Police say the two older men started attacking the 27-year-old just before 9:30 p.m. It's unclear what role the fourth person played in the assaults.
The youngest of the three men tried to defend himself with a knife but he dropped the weapon and one of the older men picked it back up and slashed him, according to police. A witness told NBC New York he saw a man attacking two people. He also said another man encouraged the armed man to hit the victim with the weapon.
One of the men made his away down 8th Avenue and was picked up by emergency personnel at 46th Street.
All four men suffered injuries in varying degrees of stabbing, slashing and assault, police said.
Two of the men were rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, fire officials said. The other was also brought to the hospital but with minor injuries.
Police say charges against the men are pending.