Two men were injured during a stabbing in Center City early Saturday.

Officers about 4 a.m. responded to the intersection of 17th and Walnut streets for a report of a stabbing victim, according to preliminary information from Philadelphia police. They were met by a 31-year-old man, who told investigators he was stabbed in the area of 13th and Walnut streets.

The man then fell unconscious and was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was treated for a stab wound to his lower abdomen and listed in critical condition.

A second victim arrived by taxi at Jefferson University Hospital, police said. The 27-year-old man told police he had been stabbed in the left side of his lower abdomen after getting into an altercation with a man along the 1200 block of St. James Street, an alley between Walnut and Locust streets.

That man's condition was not immediately available.

Police described the suspect as a 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 black man with a medium build, about 23 years old, last seen wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt and tan jacket.

No arrest had been reported, as of Saturday afternoon. Anyone with information was asked to contact Philadelphia police.

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