A TEENAGE boy is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, lucky to be alive after being stabbed in a frenzied attack outside a supermarket in Sydney’s Inner West.
The 16-year-old boy was with his 14-year-old brother when he was set upon by a man armed with a knife in a car park outside Woolworths in Balmain just before 7pm last night.
Police said the man confronted the teens as they walked out of the supermarket.
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“After a short verbal exchange, the man stabbed the 16-year-old boy in the abdomen, before leaving the area in the company of a woman,” police said in a statement.
Emergency services were called to the Darling Street car park around 6.50pm and arrived to find the young boy with multiple stab wounds to his upper body, police said.
It’s understood the knife sliced through a number of the boy’s tendons and arteries and pierced his liver.
He was assessed by paramedics at the scene before being transported to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he remains today in a critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery.
Officers from Leichhardt Police Area Command, with assistance from the Dog Unit, swooped on the area and conducted an extensive search however the could could not be found.
They were last seen heading to wards Palmer Street.
Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, the boy’s family said he was undergoing a number of operations, including to his hand after the knife “went right through” it.
“The knife hit his liver and arteries…and went right through his hand,” the boy’s family said. “He has cut tendons and broken bones.”
“The stomach operation was last night. Hand operation might be today. He’s stable for now.”
Detective Inspector Gary Coffey described the attack as “ferocious” and said police do not believe the teen knew his attacker/s.
“It’s a pretty ferocious attack,” he said. “It’s certainly not something that would normally occur in this area.”
The car park was declared a crime scene and examined by forensic police overnight.
Local detectives, with help from the Public Order and Riot Squad, have spent the morning conducting a line search of the area.
Police are now seeking helping to find the man thought to be responsible for the attack.
He is described as being Caucasian, about 180cm to 185cm tall and aged in his mid to late 20s with a medium build, fair complexion and ginger hair.
Police said the man spoke with an Australian accent and wearing a red jacket with no hood and dark coloured pants at the time.
There is no description of the woman at this time.
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