Columbia University Student Killed, Tourist Injured in Unprovoked Knife Attack Near New York City Park

Vincent Pinkney was identified as the suspect in the stabbing spree. / no credit

A Columbia University student was fatally stabbed and a tourist was injured Thursday in unprovoked stabbings near a popular New York City park, according to police.

The attacks took place around 11 p.m. in the area of Morningside Park in upper Manhattan.

The 30-year-old Columbia student was stabbed in the stomach at 123rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, a New York City Police Department spokesperson said.

The 27-year-old tourist was stabbed in the torso at 110th Street and Cathedral Parkway.

Both were taken to a hospital. The Columbia student died of his wounds and the tourist was stable, police said. Columbia University confirmed the victim was a student. His name was not released.

Davide Giri was a 30-year-old graduate student at Columbia. / david-giri-facebook

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SOURCE: NBC News, Marlene Lenthang and Kurt Chirbas