HARLEM, NY – A 14-year-old boy was severely injured in a violent altercation with another teenager in Harlem on Thursday morning, according to local law enforcement and eyewitness accounts. The young victim was reportedly stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back near West 112th Street on St. Nicholas Avenue around 8:20 a.m.
Emergency services quickly transported the boy to Harlem Hospital, where he is now in stable condition according to police reports. A local worker, who identified himself as John, recounted the incident, stating that he saw two teenagers engaged in a physical fight before it escalated to a stabbing.
John expressed his concern about the safety of the area, particularly for children, and the disturbing trend of teenagers carrying knives. However, the police have yet to release any information regarding a potential suspect or the motive behind the stabbing.
Following the incident, a section of the sidewalk was cordoned off as a crime scene. Officers were seen investigating the area, including nearby businesses and a garbage can. The vicinity is home to several schools, raising concerns about the safety of students.
Sean Patterson, a 52-year-old carpenter working nearby, also witnessed the aftermath of the incident. He echoed John’s sentiments, questioning why a student would bring a knife to school and expressing concern about the lack of parental supervision.
Roy Whatley, a fellow carpenter working with Patterson, agreed with his concerns, emphasizing the need for change and the importance of parental guidance. This incident follows a series of violent attacks involving teenagers, including the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old boy on a Staten Island bus and the assault of a 13-year-old girl in the Bronx.