Two men were stabbed this morning in separate incidents on the Near North Side, police said.
One was stabbed in his torso at 3:40 a.m. near the 700 block of North Franklin Street while another was stabbed in his abdomen in the 1200 block of North Clark Street at 4 a.m., according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer, who was citing preliminary information.
A man was walking on the 700 block of North Franklin when he was involved in a physical altercation with an unknown male, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss. After the altercation he discovered that he had been stabbed he walked to the 600 block of North Clark Street and called police, Purkiss said.
The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition had stabilized, police said.
A short time later a 31-year-old man was involved in a verbal altercation with two unknown males while walking on the 1200 block of North Clart Street, Purkiss said.
The incident lead to a physical altercation which resulted in the victim being stabbed in the abdomen by one of the two men, police said. Both offenders fled the scene.
He was also taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, said Purkiss
Greer earlier indicated the man wounded in the torso was in good condition.
Police were not able to provide further details.
The later stabbing occurred outside a Jewel Osco at 1210 N. Clark St., said security guard Gerardo Calderon and staffer Walter Kappel.
The men wondered what was going on when they saw the flashing lights of multiple police cars and emergency equipment. When they looked outside, they saw a man lying in the middle of Clark Street.
"We saw him bleeding and they put him into an ambulance,'' Calderon said.
The grocery had surveillance video that police were reviewing, according to Calderon.
Kappel and Calderon said it is not uncommon for fights to spill out from the nearby bars in the area. Both men said they did not know what happened.
Area Central detectives are investigating and no one was in custody.
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