Man, 20, stabbed inside East-West University in South Loop

CHICAGO — A 20-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday afternoon inside East-West University in the South Loop.

Police said the 20-year-old and a 42-year-old man were inside an academic building on the 800 block of South Michigan Avenue around 1 p.m. when the 42-year-old took out a folding knife and stabbed the other man in the upper back.

The incident started with an argument between the men, who were both students, inside a biology classroom. Witnesses said the 20-year-old slapped the other man and that's when the 42-year-old pulled out a knife. Witnesses said the 20-year-old blacked out after the stabbing.

Students were arriving for class around the time of the stabbing. Some of the students used papers from the classroom and applied pressure to the victim's wounds, trying to stop the bleeding.

The 20-year-old was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Later in the day, the university said the student was stabilized.

The 42-year-old was taken into custody, and charges were pending.

The university issued the following statement:

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