A teenage boy has been stabbed in a random and ‘ferocious attack’ at a car park overnight.
Emergency services were called to the Woolworths carpark in Balmain, an affluent suburb in Sydney’s inner-west, about 6.50pm on Thursday.
The 16-year-old was grocery shopping with his younger brother when he was set upon by strangers and stabbed in the stomach and hand.
Witnesses described hearing chilling screams from the carpark, before seeing the boy covered in blood.
A teenage boy was stabbed in the Woolworths car park in Balmain, Sydney (pictured) on Thursday evening
‘I just saw some kids screaming and at first I thought they were just mucking around,’ one witness told Nine News.
‘Then I heard him call out ‘I’ve been stabbed! I’ve been stabbed! Help me!’ and I walked over and there was just blood all over the floor.’
The witness recalled the young victim’s confusion and shock following the brutal attack.
‘He said ‘I don’t know where he came from or who he was – he just came out of nowhere’,’ they said.
The teenager was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred hospital after being treated by paramedics at the scene.
Police are investigating the stabbing and are searching for a man and woman, unknown to the boy.
The man is believed to be Caucasion in appearance, about 182cm tall with ginger hair.
He was wearing a red jacket at the time of the attack.
The car park is on the suburb’s main road, Darling Street, (pictured) which hosts a range of restaurants and shops
The car park is being examined and a crime scene has been established.
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.
The police said the boy was so badly injured he was not able to be interviewed on Thursday night.
‘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.
He remains at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he is being treated for head and hand stab wounds.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.