AMHERST — Two Lorain men were hospitalized early Thursday after both were found stabbed and bleeding following an incident in downtown Amherst.
According to the Amherst Police Department, officers responded about 1 a.m. Thursday to a report of a male stabbing victim in a parking lot behind a business in the 200 block of South Main Street. A witness calling from the back patio of the Pour House at 134 Park Ave. reported seeing the man down, police said.
Officers found a 28-year-old Lorain man in the parking lot with suspected stab wounds. Bar patrons — possibly including an off-duty Lorain County sheriff’s deputy, an off-duty EMT or paramedic and a nursing student — were assisting him. Officers also provided first aid, according to Amherst police.
The victim was transported to Amherst University Hospital and later was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Further investigation led officers to a blood trail leading to a fence gate behind Vaughnteriors Estate Sales and Vaughnteriors Gifts & More Store at 223 S. Main St. The blood trail led officers to the rear door of the business, where a broken window and more blood were discovered.
After announcing their presence, officers heard a man shouting for help from inside Vaughnteriors. They found a 27-year-old Lorain man in the basement, also with stab wounds. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Lorain and then was flown to MetroHealth in Cleveland.
The incident remains under investigation, according to Amherst police. A message seeking further comment was left Thursday afternoon for a police department spokesman.
Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is assisting Amherst police in the investigation, were still collecting evidence at the scene about 1 p.m., witnesses said.