Man collapses from stab wounds near Civic Center

A 60-year-old man was stabbed in the back and side near the Civic Center early Thursday, police said.

The man walked into a business on Elm Street and Van Ness Avenue and collapsed to the ground around 5:30 a.m., Officer Albie Esparza said. He had been stabbed with an unknown object after an altercation with another man inside a car.

The two men were sitting in a parked Ford Focus near the same intersection when they started to argue, a witness told police. Both men got out of the car and a fight broke out. At some point the victim was stabbed and the other man got back into the car and drove away.

When officers arrived, the wounded man was lying on the ground and unable to answer questions because he was in pain, Esparza said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

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