Two people were stabbed late Friday afternoon near the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal in Portland in an apparent street altercation involving several men.

The stabbings happened around 4:30 p.m. on a walkway that leads from the terminal to Commercial Street. Police used yellow tape to block off the walkway and redirected evening commuters to walk around the terminal.

Police Detective Karl Rybeck confirmed two people had been stabbed and that a weapon had been recovered. He declined to say whether anyone had been taken into custody shortly before he and Detective Maryann Bailey left the scene to continue their investigation at Maine Medical Center.

A man at the scene who identified himself as Tim Lynds, 25, of Portland said he was the intended target of the stabbing, but that two friends intervened to block a fourth man who pulled a knife on him.

Lynds, who is homeless, said he recognized his attacker from around Portland and that he had been taunting the man for months, calling him names.

“He more than flipped out. He pulled out a knife and was going to stab me in the chest,” Lynds said of his attacker.

Lynds said that one of his friends, Jason Lamott, was sliced on the arm as he tried to stop the man with the knife. Lamott took off his shirt to show an inch-long gash.

Lynds said a second friend, whom he identified only as Mike, was stabbed in the abdomen and had to be taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center.

“I’m grateful to my buddies,” Lynds said. “They got stabbed and I didn’t.”

Police had no additional information on the case late Friday.

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