A teenager stabbed in broad daylight outside Westpoint Shopping Centre may owe his life to the quick actions of nearby nurses.
The man, 18, was stabbed in the chest during an argument on Thursday, November 2. He remains in a stable condition at Westmead Hospital.
In the crucial moments he waited for an ambulance, the man was escorted to Patrick St Medical Centre. Nurses and medical staff – who wish to remain anonymous – worked desperately to stem the flow of blood until emergency help arrived.
Meanwhile the 17-year-old accused attacker allegedly caught a train to Seven Hills, where he was soon arrested. He was charged with assault and wounding a person with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The shocking attack has reignited debate about antisocial and criminal behaviour in and around the popular shopping centre.
Shop owners who spoke to the Sun said groups frequently loitered but rarely caused any serious issues.
Many who commented online said they felt unsafe walking through the area.
Blacktown Police Chief Inspector Darren Middlebrook said the proximity to Blacktown train station made the area a difficult trouble spot.
The high-visibility Operation Kona on Thursday nights is accompanied by regular police presence in the area whenever resources permit.
Chief Inspector Middlebrook said police were supported greatly by Westpoint security and management.
“We do everything possible to patrol those areas with both uniformed police and plain-clothed police, and assistance from units such as the Police Transport Command, Highway Patrol and Dog Squad. Quite often we have a lot of support up there,” he said.
“We’d ask the community to maintain that contact. If they do see something or they are harrassed, make sure they call us and we’ll endeavour to help come up, move people on and take the necessary action.”