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Man held in knifing of 2 at harbor rail stop; Victims, from California, are hospitalized after attack prior to opening wharf concert

Buffalo police have detained a man in connection with a Thursday afternoon stabbing at Metro Rail's Erie Canal Harbor Station near Scott Street.

Two people, a man and a woman, were stabbed during an incident at about 3:30 p.m., a short time before the first Thursday at the Harbor concert of the season began nearby at the harbor's Central Wharf, according to police.

Both stabbing victims, who are from California, were taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment, police said.

A Buffalo police spokesman told The Buffalo News that the woman's wounds serious but that both victims are expected to survive.

The assailant fled on foot after the incident, according to police, who said a man was arrested a short distance from the Metro Station in the Washington-Seneca street area by officers on patrol.

The man was taken to Police Headquarters for questioning.

Names and conditions of the victims were unavailable Thursday night.

A witness said his two friends were stabbed by an unknown person who "started yelling at us" near the Metro Rail train. The witness, from California, said his two friends -- an 18-year-old woman and a man in his early 20s -- also are from the same state.

The woman was stabbed in the stomach, and the man was wounded in the arm, the witness said. Both were taken to ECMC by Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulances.

The witness said the assailant tried to bite him.

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