Man stabbed at gas station, police searching for suspect

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VERO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

A Vero Beach man has non-life threatening injuries after he was stabbed in his chest right above his heart following an argument at a gas station, police said.

Officers were searching for a Vero Beach woman, who they are familiar with, in connection with the incident, Vero Beach police spokesman Master Officer Darrell Rivers said. If arrested, the woman, who police described as a suspect, could be charged with aggravated battery or attempted murder.

“It depends on the severity of the wounds,” Rivers said. Officers described the man, about 58, and woman, in her early 50’s, as homeless.

The identities of the man and woman were not released. It was unclear if the two knew each other.

Police responded to reports of a stabbing at 8:12 a.m. Friday at the Sunoco gas station at 1901 U.S. 1, Vero Beach, Rivers said. The man and woman were in an argument, but it was unclear what the argument was about.

The incident happened near a dumpster in a parking lot at the rear of the business. The injured man was taken by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, Rivers said.

Rivers said the homeless often frequent the gas station, though a homeless camp is not in that immediate area.

Officers roped off parts of the gas station with crime scene tape as they combed for evidence. Police were working to get surveillance footage of the incident.

No further details were immediately available.

Photos provided by Vero Beach Police Department

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