Man Clings to Life After Stabbing at Greenpoint Shelter: Cops

By Jess Wisloski on September 15, 2013 4:16pm 

 The residence at 400 McGuiness Blvd. serves as an assessment shelter with up to 200 men at a time.
The residence at 400 McGuiness Blvd. serves as an assessment shelter with up to 200 men at a time.
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GREENPOINT — A 200-bed homeless shelter that opened up last year after residents had long battled against it, was the scene of a bloody stabbing Saturday morning, police said.

EMS responded to a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. of a stabbing at the McGuiness Boulevard and Clay Street shelter to find a 34-year-old man stabbed in the neck and chest, an NYPD spokesman said.

EMS rushed the victim to Bellevue Hospital, and he remained in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, police said.

Stanley Knotts, 50, a resident of the shelter, was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, assault, menacing, criminal possesion of a weapon, police said.

It was unclear if the victim was also a resident of the facility, police said.

Neighborhood residents fought the shelter's placement since the plans first emerged to locate a homeless facility in the midst of the largely residential neighborhood, citing concerns it would bring down the safety and "quality of the neighborhood."

Shelter administrators, which is run by the Bowery Residents' Committee, was unable to be reached on Sunday.

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