NEIGHBOURS say they have been left shocked after a teenager was stabbed repeatedly in his Oxford flat.
The 17-year-old, from Fairacres Road, Donnington, was last night in hospital after the attack on Thursday evening.
Officers have described the incident as vicious and were last night still looking for the suspect.
The identity of the teenager has not been revealed, but police are still piecing together why the incident occurred.
Police were called to the road at about 6.45pm on Thursday after the boy was stabbed in the chest, legs and hands.
He is being treated in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where his condition is said to be stable.
One Fairacres Road resident, who only moved in last month, said: “I don’t know what happened. I just saw the police.”
Another resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “Children walk on their own to school down this road. It was a shock.
“It is a caring community and a lovely road. People look out for each other.”
One 46-year-old Fairacres Road resident said: “The area has always been a bit of a hotspot.
“I am surprised somebody was stabbed there but there is usually something going on there.”
Another resident said her husband was threatened last year with a Taser outside the flats.
Police are calling for anyone with information about the stabbing to call 101.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Johns said: “At this stage, we are investigating the circumstances and trying to establish exactly why the victim was attacked in such a vicious manner.
“Incidents of this nature in Oxford are rare and I would like to reassure members of the community that a team of detectives is working hard to trace the man responsible and arrest him.
“I would urge anyone who was in the area of Fairacres Road or who has any information about the incident to contact me."