A TEENAGER is in critical condition after being stabbed several times and set on fire by an unknown suspect.
The 18-year-old man was reportedly attacked on Wednesday around 3pm, when the suspect poured gasoline on him, stabbed him in the torso and lit him aflame inside a building in the Bronx.
Police say the attack occurred after some sort of verbal dispute went sour, according to ABC 7.
The suspect was reportedly on the fifth floor of a building in the Highbridge section of the Bronx when the victim walked in.
A motive for the violent attack is unclear at this time. The unidentified suspect reportedly fled on foot.
Responding officials found the victim unconscious inside the building, according to 1010 Wins.
The victim was reportedly transferred to Harlem Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, after calling for help from nearby residents.
The attack comes as New York City is dealing with a troubling spike in violent crimes.
Data provided by the New York City Police Department shows a 177 percent increase in shootings in July from the same month in 2019. There were a total of 244 shootings, up from 88 the year before.
The number of people murdered in the city was also up from 2019 – from 34 last year to 54 in 2020. That's an increase of 59 percent.
Other crimes were up as well, according to the latest stats.
Burglaries have increased 31 percent in July, and auto thefts have increased by 53 percent.
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