A man was stabbed to death Saturday evening outside a bar in downtown Boston near Faneuil Hall, police said.
Boston police received a call just before 7 p.m. for a stabbing outside 33 Union Street, which is just a short walk from the popular marketplace. Responding officers found the victim with life-threatening injuries, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Supt. Felipe Colon said at a press conference around 9:30 p.m.
The victim's name has not been released.
The stabbing happened near a number of well-known establishments like Union Oyster House and Hennessy's Bar, and Boston police yellow crime scene tape could be seen blocking off the street in front of Paddy O's, where there were numerous evidence markers visible, as well.
No arrests have been made, and homicide investigators are on scene.
The length of Union Street is blocked off to accommodate the crime scene investigation, Colon said, and the bars in the area will be shut down for the remainder of Saturday night.
The stabbing comes the night before the return of South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, with many out celebrating in the city Saturday night.
NBC10 Boston spoke with a man who witnessed the aftermath of the stabbing, and he described a terrifying scene in which bystanders tried to save the victim who was gravely injured.
“With all the celebrations, somebody had fallen over. There was a bit of a fight or something like that but we saw the young lad, he was lying on the floor and everybody was doing CPR on him. There was maybe five or six people around him pushing on his chest and it looked like as they were pushing down on him, the blood was coming out of his back," said the man who has been visiting Boston from London for the past 20 years. "Somebody called for a nurse or a doctor...from one of the other bars and they came out and told everyone to make a space around, then next thing all the paramedics came.”
There is no threat to the public, police said, and people should not be worried about visiting the area on Sunday.
With no one in custody and investigators trying to figure out what happened, police are asking for the public's help at this time.
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Anyone who was in the area or may have witnessed the incident is asked to please call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470, or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS. Tips can also be texted by sending the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463)
Authorities are also trying to determine if any local bars have surveillance video that could be helpful in their investigation, which is active and ongoing.