Man arrested after stabbing at Auckland hospital
A 56 year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to a stabbing at Auckland City Hospital this afternoon.
A source said that a man had been seen with a knife lodged in his kidney region, on level five of the hospital near the canteen.
He said that a colleague had gone to alert security when two men were seen arguing, but by the time security arrived one of the men had been stabbed.
"There was blood on the stairs after the stabbing," he added.
Hospital visitor Sarah James said she saw an altercation between the two men an hour before the stabbing took place.
She described the younger of the two men as "hurling a lot abuse" at the older man, accusing him of throwing coffee in his face.
"It seemed like either the younger man had been drinking or was on medication," she said.
"There was coffee spilt on the floor and there was a woman and man asking them to calm down."
James said she heard the older man say he had been threatened with a knife and watched them walk away.
A police spokeswoman said that the victim was being treated for serious injuries.
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"The offender is currently in custody and the police investigation is ongoing," she said.
The incident happened shortly before 3pm on Tuesday, at the Grafton site.
A worker at the hospital said the building was in lock down, but a hospital spokesperson later said that that was not the case.
Sirens were sounding and several police cars were outside.
The main cafeteria area on level five had been cordoned off by police.
The victim remains in hospital in a serious condition.