Two women were stabbed in Boston’s Theater District hours after a Chinatown community virtual meeting was organized to address the violence in the neighborhood, police said.
Authorities responded to the scene at the intersection of Stuart Street and Warrenton Street at 2:19 a.m on Wednesday. They found two women bleeding from stab wounds that were incurred after a fight broke out between a group of about 10 people. Authorities believe the stabbing occurred as the group went out of the Tunnel bar located in the W Boston hotel building.
The women, aged between 20 and 40 years old, were taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries. They are now in stable condition and are expected to live.
“Officers will continue to investigate,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said. “We don’t have a lot of information at this point, other than it was a fight involving a group of individuals.”
No arrests have been made, police said. Investigators are still looking into surveillance videos and are asking eyewitnesses to come forward with any information.
The stabbing is the latest in a string of violent attacks in Boston this month. Two officers were injured and three people were arrested for refusing to step out of an SUV and trying to run over the police on April 11.
On the morning of April 17, two men suffered life-threatening injuries in Chinatown following a shooting and a car chase.
City officials, elected officers and members of the community attended the virtual meeting on Tuesday night. City Council President Ed Flynn, who represents Chinatown, discussed the safety concerns of residents and businesses.
“What’s important now is that we come together to provide the public safety resources in Chinatown to make sure it’s a safe neighborhood for everybody. For people who like to go to the restaurants, but also for the residents, as well,” Flynn said.
The Boston Police Department announced their plan to assign additional police and implement other security measures, including more Chinese-speaking officers in Chinatown.
“It’s not just calling for additional police presence but maybe with additional cameras, maybe bicycle patrols for police,” Flynn said. “It is critical we continue to partner with residents, the police and community to ensure that our businesses, residents, and visitors are safe when they are in the neighborhood.”
“Every time something like this happens, there’s a meeting,” Suzanne Lee, the president emeritus of the Chinese Progressive Association, said. “What are the follow-throughs? Is city government going to be able to follow through everything they always promise?”