QUINCY — A 36-year-old Mattapan man is facing charges that he stabbed and seriously injured a fellow employee in a fight at a Home Depot store this morning.
Jamal Boyd stabbed his co-worker, a 37-year-old Cambridge man, in Aisle 13, the door section of the Willard Street store, shortly before 8 a.m., police said.
Police said the victim was stabbed in the leg and taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center, where he was undergoing surgery.
“We are not sure of the victim’s condition. We believe he’s in critical condition,’’ said Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan.
The victim was a long-time Home Depot employee. Boyd had been an employee just a few months. Both were part of a team that went from store to store stocking shelves, Keenan said.
Tensions had been brewing between the two, and they were arguing when they started their shift around 6 a.m., Keenan said.
Two hours later, a fight erupted, Keenan said.
At least two other store employees tried to break up the fight, and someone called 911. “When our officers arrived, they encountered a victim that was in grave condition,’’ said Keenan, who said large amounts of blood were found at the scene.
Police said the assailant fled by foot to a wooded area behind the store. A police lieutenant obtained his cellphone number and called it.
The suspect answered and told the officer that he was lost in the woods. Police convinced him to return to the store and turn himself in, Keenan said.
“He was lost in the woods and he agreed to return,’’ said Keenan. “When he did return, he was placed into custody. So far he has been cooperative. We haven’t had a chance to interview him at this time.”
The suspect will be charged this afternoon with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, Keenan said.
Police cordoned off an entrance to the store this morning. But employees were still coming in.
Employee Hunter Austin said he called into work because he had car troubles and was told about the stabbing. “They didn’t say not to come in,’’ he said outside the store. “They just said there was an altercation.” He did not have any other details about the stabbing.