Pittsburgh police this afternoon said they found a 51-year-old woman lying on the front porch of a Carrick home with a kitchen knife sticking out of her stomach.
Details of the stabbing were unclear because police said the primary witness was "highly intoxicated" when she spoke to them.
Officers from the city's Zone 3 station were called to the 2500 block of Berg Place shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a report of a stabbing, spokeswoman Diane Richard said. Medics took the woman, whose name has not been released, to UPMC Mercy, where she was in surgery. Police initially described her condition as critical but she has since been upgraded.
Officers who remained at the scene spoke to a woman who lives at the home where the stabbing victim was found. That woman, who was intoxicated, according to police, first told officers that she witnessed the stabbing and then that the victim arrived at her home "with the knife already in her stomach," Ms. Richard said.
She told police the stabbing occurred on her front porch and then that it might have also occurred at a tavern on Brownsville Road, Ms. Richard said.
The witness, Ms. Richard said, described the suspect as a 40-year-old woman from Brentwood who is homeless but sometimes stays with the witness and sometimes buys heroin on Berg Place.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published November 20, 2013 3:13 PM