SAN DIEGO—A 30-year-old man was stabbed several times Tuesday at a taco shop in Hillcrest, suffering life-threatening injuries, police said.
The victim was stabbed in the head, neck and chest by a man with a knife at Los Panchos Taco Shop at 409 Washington St. near 5th Avenue shortly before 12:15 a.m., said San Diego police Sgt. David Jennings.
Police said the stabbing started as an argument between the victim, his girlfriend, and two other men.
When the couple left a bar in North Park, the two men followed. That's when one of the suspects, described as a white, athletic male in his 20's, pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he was in critical condition, Jennings said.
His attacker, described by police as a white male in a dark shirt and blue jeans, was last seen running away on Washington Street, Jennings said.
The motive for the stabbing was not immediately known.
Police continue to investigate a shooting at Ten's Showclub in North Park last weekend. The shooting left one man dead.
Some North Park residents said it has shaken up a normally safe community.
"When you get to this level, and violence is involved, it gets more problematic for people," said Omar Passons, president of the North Park Community Association.
Passons said businesses in North Park have rejuvenated the community. However since these two incidents, he's received e-mails from concerned residents asking for change.
"Businesses need to be more responsible and Ten's(Showclub) may need to re-evalulate some of the ways that they do business and whether this is the right location for their establishment," he said.
"Yes, we are seeing a change in the culture in North Park, but what we need to do is adjust," said councilmember Todd Gloria.
Gloria, who represents the communities of Hillcrest and North Park, said this is the heart of the issue from residents. He said he's working on balancing issues from business and community members, and he welcomes community input.
" We're not a sleepy arts and crafts community any longer. It's a thriving business district with a large nightlife component," he said.
If you have any information on either crime, call the police.