By Ben Fractenberg and Nicole Bode
MANHATTAN — A man was stabbed at a McDonalds on Eighth Avenue blocks from Penn Station on Friday morning, an FDNY spokesman confirmed.
Emergency crews responded to Eighth Avenue between 34th and 35th streets after getting a call at 10:24 a.m. Friday, where they found the stabbing victim, fire officials said.
Police said a 40-year-old man was taken to Bellevue hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has not been identified.
Police on the scene blocked off the sidewalk along the east side of Eighth Avenue from 34th to 35th streets after the attack. Officers pried open several subway grates in the sidewalk nearby and looked inside, and also pored through trash cans on the block.
An NYPD spokesman said officials were investigating.
Nelson Abreu, a doorman at the New Yorker hotel across from the McDonalds said he saw two men tussling on the sidewalk in front of the fast food store. One man was attacking the other, who tried to fend the assailant off with a walking cane. The victim was dressed in a white shirt and blazer, he said.
Abreu said he did not see the stabbing, but he saw one of the men bleeding from his thigh as the other man calmly walked southward away from the scene.