A 22-year-old man was stabbed in the back at a birthday party in Sydney’s north-west overnight.
Emergency services were called to a home on Cornell Place at Rouse Hill about 9.30pm following reports a man had been injured.
Dashcam footage shows the moments just before three men gatecrashed the birthday party.
Within minutes of arriving, guests try to move them on, one even armed with a shovel.
More than a dozen party goers then spill onto the driveway, with punches thrown and the weapon drawn.
“There was blood everywhere as well, towels mopped up with it as well,” witness Zac Colman told 9News.
Neighbours rushed out to save the young man lying on the driveway.
Officers from The Hills Police Area Command arrived to find the young man with a single stab wound to his back.
Paramedics with NSW Ambulance treated the man at the scene before he was taken in a serious condition to Westmead Hospital under police escort.
“He definitely is lucky … and once again, I say it’s because of the efforts of bystanders, because he could have been in serious, serious trouble without their efforts,” Ambulance NSW’s Kevin McSweeney told 9News.
A large kitchen knife was found near a footpath on Caddies Boulevard this morning. Police are yet to determine if it was the knife used.
Detective Inspector Chris Laird said it was unacceptable if the crime happened in the street.
“But it’s even worse that these lowlife scumbags have come into somebody’s house, brought a knife as well,” Inspector Laird told 9News.
The victim has undergone surgery and remains in a serious but stable condition.
Police allege the man was injured after he and two friends, aged 22 and 23, were involved in an altercation in the driveway of the home with three uninvited guests who had been asked to leave.
Authorities say they know who they’re looking for and have urged the individual to come forward.
“You can come to the police station now, or we’ll come to your house tonight, the choice is yours,” Inspector Laird said.