The victim of a stabbing in Pittsburgh said he was saved when a neighbor intervened.
That neighbor said he opened fire on the attacker, who then drove off despite having a gunshot wound to the leg.The incident happened a little before 7:30 a.m. Monday inside an apartment building on the 200 block of West Warrington Avenue, which falls on the line between the city’s Beltzhoover and Mount Washington neighborhoods.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim said he woke up to his friend, Juan Hernandez, 54, punching him in the face and stabbing him with a screwdriver.
The victim said he believes he would have died if a neighbor hadn’t intervened.
That neighbor said they opened fire on Hernandez, who police said ran out to his vehicle and drove away.
Hernandez was pulled over two hours later and taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
Police said the driver’s side window of his vehicle appeared to be broken from gunfire.
Hernandez was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later charged with multiple offenses including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
A motive for the attack has not been determined though one witness did say they knew Hernandez to be friends with the victim.
Police said Hernandez told them multiple stories about the attack including claiming the victim was the one who shot him.
There’s no word on when Hernandez will be arraigned on the charges he’s facing.