A young man was stabbed and another was beaten in Chicago’s popular Lincoln Park neighborhood during the afternoon on St. Patrick's Day, according to the CFD.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of North Halsted Street, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The two men were transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition. A motive for the stabbing was not clear.
“We were in the classroom and we noticed the kids had crawled over to the window,” said Latonya Johnson, who works at a nearby daycare. “We noticed a boy that was on the ground and they were proceeding to beat him. It was like several boys jumping on this one boy.”
Johnson wasn’t sure if the stabbing happened at that moment or some time after.
When first responders arrived, they found one young man with a stab wound and another badly beaten. People in the area say they are shocked this violence would happen in area they frequent for its safety.
“It just goes to show it can happen anywhere,” Renee Janci said.
“The weather starting to get nicer. People are starting to come out a lot more, then you hear about a stabbing on a nice warm day and it's kind of unfortunate,” Megan Cleary said.
“It makes me feel a little unsafe. You tend to hear about that a lot in the city but not necessarily right around here. It's a safer area,” Matt Gignac said.
However, Johnson isn’t surprised.
“We see fighting going on as it gets closer to summer time. They're always fighting in that park -- girls, boys, girls and boys. Stuff is always happening in that park,” Johnson said.
The CFD previously said two people were stabbed. Nobody is in custody in the incident.