A 16-year-old boy is recovering from an emergency stomach operation after he was brutally stabbed outside a Woolworths car park on Thursday night.
The boy was grocery shopping with his younger brother, 14, in the car park at about 6.50pm on Thursday when he was attacked on Darling street in Balmain, Sydney’s inner west.
After a short verbal exchange, the man stabbed the boy in the stomach before leaving the scene with a woman, according to police.
Emergency services rushed the boy to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he had emergency surgery last night.
The boy’s family has since shared more information of the severity of the stabbing.
A teenage boy was stabbed in the Woolworths car park in Balmain, Sydney (pictured) on Thursday evening
The car park is being examined and a crime scene has been established in the Woolworths car park (pictured)
The knife hit his liver and arteries when he was stabbed in the stomach. He had overnight stomach surgery and expects to have his hand operated on today.
The family first shared their son’s medical updates with 2GB radio presenter Ben Fordham of their son’s condition after his operation.
‘The stomach operation was last night. The knife hit his liver and arteries. The hand doctors have been and the knife went right through his hand.’
He has cut tendons and broken bones. Hand operation might be today. He’s stable for now,’ he added.
Mr Fordham first shared the family’s updates on Twitter on Friday morning.
‘Just in – I’ve been contacted by the family of the 16 year old Sydney boy stabbed in a shopping centre car park at Balmain last night. They tell me “his first operation went well and fingers crossed he remains stable,”‘ he said.
A crime scene was established and the area examined by specialist police (pictured) yet the man who attacked the boy and his female friend have not been found
After a short verbal exchange in the Woolworths car park (pictured), the man stabbed the boy in the stomach before leaving the scene with a woman, according to police
A crime scene was established and the area examined by specialist police yet the man and his friend have not been found.
A description of the attacker has been released by police.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180cm to 185cm tall, in his mid to late 20s, with a medium build, fair complexion, ginger hair and who spoke with an Australian accent.
He was last seen wearing a red jacket with no hood and dark coloured pants.
Inspector Gary Coffey said they were investigating the stabbing as a random attack, and did not believe the perpetrator and victim were known to each other.
‘It’s a pretty ferocious attack and it’s not normally something that would occur in this area, so we are very keen to speak to the victim once his condition improves,’ he said.
The boy remains at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he is currently being operated.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.
Emergency services were called to the Woolworths carpark in Balmain, an affluent suburb in Sydney’s inner-west, about 6.50pm on Thursday. The boy is seen in the back of an ambulance
Witnesses described hearing chilling screams from the carpark, before seeing the boy covered in blood. Bloody clothes (pictured) are seen discarded in the gutter