The Seattle police said a self-described gang member was stabbed after he and another man got into an argument and were kicked out of a smoke shop in the 1500 block of Third Ave. Thursday evening.
Officers responded to the report of a stabbing in front of the McDonald's restaurant located at Third Ave. and Pine St. in south Seattle around 6:45 p.m.
According to the account of witnesses, the two men continued their fight after being ejected from the shop. A crowd gathered around and tried to separate them. The victim was said to be very loud and belligerent. He continued to argue with the suspect and other members of the crowd. The altercation turned physical and the suspect knocked the victim to the ground.
The victim got up and tried to retaliate but was held back by several people trying to break up the fight. As he was being held, the suspect stabbed him several times in the back and once in the arm. The victim staggered over to the restaurant where he collapsed to the ground. The assailant fled the area.
Medics treated the victim at the scene and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was reported to be in stable condition.
The victim told investigating officers that he was a member of a gang. Police do not know if the victim and suspect knew each other. Police have a description of the suspect but were not able to find him.