A teenage boy was fighting for his life Thursday after he was stabbed in a confrontation with another teen at the Jackson Square MBTA Station.
Boston police responded to calls about a possible stabbing at 3:20 p.m. and found the victim lying on the ground outside on the Centre Street side of the station, MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green said at the scene in Jamaica Plain.
The 17-year old victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, Green said.
The chief described the suspect as a Latino male, also 17, wearing a gray hoodie with white strings.
“The two knew each other,” Green said.
He said the teens were fighting but the brawl was not captured on camera.
“It was off camera,” he said. “When the victim came back in view of the camera he lifted up his shirt and there was a wound there.”
Green said the victim, who was stabbed in the upper torso, fled out one end of the station and the suspect out another end. No names were released by police.
“Our officers are out there now canvassing the area for witnesses,” Green said. Police have also not recovered a weapon.
At the scene on Thursday afternoon, blood dotted the ground where the victim collapsed. A sneaker was left behind.
The bustling station was closed for about two hours as Boston and Transit police collected evidence and reviewed video footage. Riders were able to access buses outside the station.
Anthony Battle, 17, said he was riding his skateboard on the opposite side of the street when he saw emergency responders flooding the area. The episode has left him concerned.
“[I feel] unsafe knowing someone could just get stabbed at the station at random,” he said.
Battle said there was an episode at the station three weeks ago in which a group of young people tried to beat up a boy.
He said the boy pulled out a knife to defend himself before running away from the group.
Battle’s mother, Beverly Mcleod, 57, said he rides the T daily.
“You don’t feel secure,” she said as she watched police process the scene. “It’s scary for a parent. . . . You send your kid off to school and you don’t know if they’re coming home.”
Mcleod and others said they would like to see more police at the station.
“Every day these kids get out here, they linger. . . . And the cops are never here,” she said.
Maxmillion Landry, 42, who works in the area, agreed.
“I see kids get bullied,” he said. “I see kids will leave because they’re being intimidated and walk home. If they had a police presence that wouldn’t happen. It’s a bunch of school children and it’s not a safe place for them.”Jan Ransom can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jan_Ransom.