Man taken to hospital with knife blade stuck in his shoulder

A 32-year-old man went to the hospital in critical condition with a knife blade stuck in his shoulder after being attacked early Saturday outside a building in the 2600 block of North Poplar, police said.

The man’s ex-girlfriend had asked him to come over to her house at the Poplar address, and the first time he went, about 3 a.m., a 33-year-old man fired several shots from a shotgun at him while he was in the driveway, Sgt. Jeff Davis said. The first man’s car was hit, but he was not, and he drove away, Davis said.

The ex-girlfriend called him back and asked him to return, so the man went back to the house about 30 minutes later. This time, the suspect stabbed a knife into his shoulder, and about 3 inches of the blade broke off in the shoulder, Davis said. The stabbed man then lashed back at the suspect’s face, causing minor injuries, the sergeant said.

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and doctors were going to try to remove the knife from him but weren’t sure they were going to be able to, Davis said. Police know who the suspect is, but he was not in custody, Davis said.