'Kudos to IGA staff who rushed to stab victim's aid'
POLICE have thanked staff members of Nick's IGA on Shakespeare St after they came to the aid of a man who was stabbed on Wednesday night.
Speaking at the scene, Mackay Police district duty officer Senior Sergeant Lyndsay Judson said police attended the incident on Moore Street, East Mackay after reports of a man with a cut to his arm.
"Police were called to the units here in Moore St about 8.20pm after information on an incident that's occurred. A 39-year-old male has received a stab wound to his left arm," Snr Sgt Judson said.
"It's non-life threatening, it's low down on his arm and he was conscious and breathing when the crews arrived.... he was subsequently taken off to hospital."
Snr Sgt Judson said a crime scene was then established.
"Witnesses have given us information about what may have happened, but at this stage we are unable to release that information," he said.
"The Criminal Investigation Branch will continue their investigations at this time."
"At this stage we haven't arrested anybody and we are making enquiries as to who may have been involved and the reasons the incident has occurred but at this stage it's still too early to tell."
Snr Sgt Judson said police could not confirm what weapon was involved, with the Daily Mercury observing officers searching the premises and surrounding areas with torches.
"We are unsure what type of weapon. We do believe it was some type of bladed weapon but at this stage we don't have anything tied down concrete," he said.
Snr Sgt Judson thanked those who came to the injured man's assistance.
"From what I understand members of the IGA came and helped the gentleman who was injured," he said.
"For people to go in to a situation where it's crazy and erratic and you don't really know what's going on, kudos to them, they've done a good job of going and helping him out. So all credit to them."
EARLIER: POLICE and the Criminal Investigation Branch are at the scene of a stabbing in Moore St, East Mackay.
Officers are currently at at the scene interviewing witnesses and neighbours after the incident, where it's believed a man has been stabbed in a unit complex at the corner of Shakespeare Street.
Witnesses told the Daily Mercury that a man ran into the nearby Nick's IGA calling for assistance and an IGA employee ran over with bandages to help the victim.
The witnesses said the man slipped into unconsciousness while he was being treated first by IGA staff and then by attending paramedics and ambulance officers.
The man was taken to hospital and his condition at this stage is unknown.
If anyone has any information that could assist police with their inquiries, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.