Police are investigating after an altercation led to a stabbing inside the Suffolk County Superior Courthouse building in Boston on Wednesday morning.
State police said an initial investigation indicated that there was an argument at about 11:30 a.m. between two groups of young men in an elevator at the courthouse, which is located at 3 Pemberton Square.
When the men got off the elevator on the second floor near a cafeteria, police say the altercation continued and a 22-year-old man was stabbed.
"I saw two officers from one courtroom joining up with a couple officers from the other side of the hall and they were seemed to be in a very quick dash to the elevator," said defense attorney Joseph Simons, who was inside the courthouse when it happened. "I've been to about 90 different courthouses representing throughout Massachusetts and I've never once had this happen before."
The victim, who has not been identified, was taken by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the assailant or assailants fled the courthouse after the incident.
To get inside the courthouse, visitors have to pass through metal detectors. Authorities are now investigating what type of weapon was used and how the weapon made its way into the building.
"I think it's a reason we have to stay vigilant — both the staff and everyone who comes in — people like myself and other attorneys that come in," said Simons. "I think it's such a remote incident. I wouldn't change anything I'm doing currently."
No other information was available.