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Two Boston women stabbed in broad daylight


A midday altercation Friday in a bustling commercial district in Boston quickly escalated into a serious fight that ended with two young women being stabbed and rushed to city hospitals, police and a witness said.

The melee occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Hereford Street in the Back Bay, between Boylston and Newbury streets and steps from a Boston fire station, Boston police said.

As investigators worked behind him near evidence markers on the blood-stained sidewalk, Police Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke said the victims were two women, ages 18 and 19. He said police were searching for at least two suspects, a male and a female, who fled in opposite directions on foot.

He said one of the victims was in stable condition late Friday afternoon, and the other was “stable, but critical.”

They were taken to Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, and police said Friday night that the women’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Nigel Stone, 18, said he was standing across the street when the fracas broke out. “I saw a fight happening . . . between a girl and another girl,” he said. “There was a boyfriend and another girl also. And the fight starts getting out of hand. The girlfriend, I guess, starts losing, so the boyfriend whips out a knife, stabs the other two girls.”

Police did not indicate who stabbed the women or where they were wounded. They also did not say if the participants had any kind of relationship with each other.

“It just all happened so fast,” Stone added. “A little altercation between two girls turns into a stabbing. I just hope those two [victims] are doing OK.”

O’Rourke said police were reviewing surveillance footage in the area — which is lined with restaurants, clothing stores, and shops — and interviewing witnesses. He said police were also investigating what touched off the fight.