5 hospitalized after attack, stabbing at Schenley Park

PITTSBURGH — At least five people were injured after an attack and stabbing at the soccer fields at Schenley Park late Sunday night.

Pittsburgh Police say just before 11 p.m. two victims with stab wounds, showed up at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital.

One of the victims was taken to a level one trauma center in serious but stable condition with a stab wound to the back.  The other victim had a more superficial laceration to his shoulder and was treated on-site, police said.

The victims told police through a Spanish interpreter that the incident happened on a soccer field at Schenley Park.

City of Duquesne Police later told Pittsburgh Police that they had three more victims with various injuries stemming from the same incident. One victim was stabbed in the thigh, another was struck over the head with a belt and the third was hit in the head with rocks.  They were taken to a Pittsburgh hospital with non-critical injuries, police said.

Police tell Channel 11 there’s no ongoing threat to the public. It’s being investigated as an isolated incident stemming from an altercation between people at the soccer game. Police also say alcohol was involved in this incident.

Channel 11 went to Schenley Park Monday morning and talked to people who said the park is safe, well-maintained and family friends. They say they won’t think twice about coming to the park, but that the incident was unfortunate.

“It’s very concerning,” Lyneel Brimage tells Channel 11. “It’s where our kids come and play.  I wouldn’t think something like that would happen here.”

Zach Zelenak comes to Schenley Park every day to meet with his retired friends. He stopped to talk to us when we saw our camera to ask what we knew about the stabbing.

“Everybody wanted to be Zorro and they pulled the blades and went at it,” Zelenak said. “It’s a great park. Nice people come here. You see a lot of younger people and some older dudes like me.  It’s a pretty safe place.”

Pittsburgh Police say their investigation is ongoing. At last check, no charges have been filed.

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