Two men had just broken into a car parked near S. Hanford Street and Moorse Ave. S., said Det. Jeff Kappel with Seattle police. As the men ran from the car, the headed down a stairwell where the ran into two other men sitting on the stairs drinking beer.
The men started shouting at each other, at which point one of the suspected prowlers pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the men on the stairs, Kappel said. The friend of the victim then pulled out a knife and stabbed both car prowl suspects, critically wounding both.
The suspected prowlers ran off but were found by Seattle officers a few blocks away near MLK Jr. Way South. Officers also located the other two men involved in the fight.
The two prowlers and one of the other men were taken to Harbroview Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries, Kappel said. The fourth man was treated at the scene by medics, then taken to the police station for questioning. He was subsequently released pending further investigation.