A man stabbed another man three times Thursday – even firing a gun at the victim, but missing him – after the pair got into an argument in San Diego's Skyline area, police said.
San Diego Police Department Lt. Charles Lara told NBC 7 the assault happened around 11:40 a.m. along the 1100 block of Watwood Road, near the corner of Di Marino Street and Larwood Road.
Lara said the victim – a 42-year-old man whose name was not released – was waiting on the street for a ride. The suspect pulled up in a black Honda Civic with tinted windows.
Lara said the suspect and victim knew one another and began to talk. The suspect drove away but soon returned, and again, words were exchanged.
"There were further words exchanged, about perhaps a fight between the suspects sons and our victim, and ultimately, the suspect produced a knife and stabbed our victim," Lara explained.
Lara said the suspect broke the knife in the process of the stabbing.
The suspect went back to his car to grab another knife.
While this was happening, police said the suspect also allegedly stole the victim’s cellphone. When the victim followed the suspect to try to get back his phone, the suspect stabbed him again.
SDPD Officer Tony Martinez later confirmed the victim was stabbed a total of three times during the altercation.
Lara said the suspect then took out a handgun and fired one round at the victim. The bullet missed him.
When SDPD officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from stab wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital and is expected to recover.
The suspect fled the scene and was not immediately located by police. For now, police are only describing the suspect as a man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Lara said police are searching for the suspect and his car, which investigators believe was a Honda Civic model from the 2000s.
No one else was hurt.
The lieutenant said that since the victim and suspect knew one another, police believe the assault was targeted and there is no further danger to the public.
No other information was available.
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