A MAN is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed after a verbal altercation in Rundle Mall early Saturday morning.
The man was stabbed in the neck and abdomen in the attack, which happened about 2.45am, prompting authorities to temporarily close the mall until just after 8am pending their investigations.
The victim was walking east through the mall, adjacent to K-Mart, when he had a verbal exchange with two men on the opposite side, also heading in the same direction.
One of those men ran across the mall allegedly stabbing the 21-year-old victim.
As the victim collapsed to the ground, his friend chased the alleged attacker across the mall and was also stabbed in the face and arm.
The first victim himself to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, dripping blood up the northern side of Rundle Mall.
The second victim, also 21, was taken to hospital via ambulance, where he remained in a stable condition.
Chief Inspector Matt Nairn said the suspect fled the mall via Gawler Pl and was last seen on Grenfell St.
“At this stage we have recovered a knife,” Chief Insp Nairn said.
“We are unsure if that is the weapon involved but it certainly is a sharp edged weapon which caused very serious injuries to both males.”
“We are very concerned at any time with anybody carrying a weapon of any sort.
“But I do want to reassure the public while it appears on face value to be random, it (was) precipitated by a verbal altercation between these males before this person has resorted to using a weapon.”
Police are unable to confirm where the victims or the suspect had been prior to being in Rundle Mall.
Chief Insp Nairn said patrols in Rundle Mall would not be increased as a result of the incident.
“Rundle Mall does have dedicated police and beat patrol,” he said.
“We don’t considered it unsafe, in this case we do have a serious outcome from the use of a weapon but in itself is unusual.”
The suspect is described as caucasian, in his mid-to-late 20s, between 170cm-175cm tall, of medium build with dark short hair.
He was wearing black rimmed glasses, a dark jacket, a bright teal t-shirt, dark jeans and bright white shoes.
He was carrying a grey duffel bag.
Police urged any witnesses with dashcam footage or personal recording devices who were on Grenfell St or in the vacinit of the mall at the time of the attack to come forward.
They also urged the suspect to come forward and speak with police.
The eastern end of Rundle Mall has been reopened after being cordoned off for several hours.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.
Meanwhile a man is in hospital after an incident in the city in which he was allegedly pushed to the ground, hitting his head.
Patrols were called to North Tce just after 1.30am and treated the victim at the scene.
He was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he remained in a stable condition.
A Morphett Vale man, 20, was arrested and charged with assault causing harm.
He has been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court in August.