3 men injured in overnight fight

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police are investigating a fight that broke out in Salt Lake City early Wednesday morning. It resulted in two people being stabbed and another assaulted.

Police say the group of four men met in a parking lot near 1400 West and Pacific Avenue around 2 a.m., but the reason why is still unknown.

There are some things that people are saying that don't add up with what we see, but detectives are working on it and we should have some answers soon.

–Lt. Craig Gleason, SLCPD


"We have all the people we need, I think, to solve this," Salt Lake City police Lt. Craig Gleason said Wednesday. "The investigation is ongoing, but everyone has a different story they want to tell us."

What police do know for sure is that a fight broke out in the parking lot, leaving two people with stab wounds and another injured.

The first victim was found a few blocks away at his aunt's home. By the time officers arrived, he was losing a lot of blood.

"The one friend throws him in that pickup truck, drives him here, and then at that point they see that he's hurt too bad to go anywhere but the hospital," Gleason said.

Police say the 28-year-old man had been stabbed in the bicep and that the knife had severed an artery. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

As police questioned the friend who brought him to the house about what happened, another call came in reporting two suspicious people a few blocks away.

Police say those were the other two men involved in the fight -- one of which had also been stabbed in the hip.

"He's stabbed, of course, but his condition is stable," Gleason said.

That second victim, a 31-year-old man, was taken to a different hospital than the first victim. His 35-year-old friend also went to the hospital after police discovered he had been assaulted and needed stitches in his lip.

All of the victims, though taken to different hospitals, were placed under guard. Until they know exactly what happened, police say everyone is considered a suspect.

"There are some things that people are saying that don't add up with what we see, but detectives are working on it and we should have some answers soon," Gleason said.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the fight could have been drug- or gang-related. However, they say no drugs or weapons were found at any of the crime scenes.

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