Nastassja Whittome in front of her car at the scene of an alleged stabbing in Fairfield Shopping Centre carpark.
Nastassja Whittome in front of her car at the scene of an alleged stabbing in Fairfield Shopping Centre carpark.

Man stabbed at Qld shopping centre car park

A MAN is in a stable condition in Townsville Hospital after he was stabbed in the carpark of a Townsville shopping centre during a daylight "targeted attack".

Victim Corey Hardy, 27, was changing a tyre for friend Nastassja Whittome at the Fairfield Central Shopping Centre in Idalia when another man pulled up in a vehicle about 10am and stabbed Mr Hardy in the upper abdomen.

It's believed the offender was driving a car with a passenger when witnesses saw him punch Mr Hardy in the face with knuckle dusters before stabbing him and then driving off from the centre.

Ms Whittome told the Bulletin that Mr Hardy suffered very serious injuries.

"They have given him six litres of blood and he is now going into surgery," she said.

Ms Whittome's partner Robert Maskiell was with also with Mr Hardy at the time of the attack.

Mr Maskiell said the offender jumped back into his car and fled straight after the attack.

"I recognised him. I knew who it was straight away," he said.

"He jumped up on top of him, hit him in the head, then stabbed him.

"There has been bad turmoil between them both for a long time now. "

Mr Maskiell said doctors and nurses rushed to the scene from the surgery at Fairfield to attend to Mr Hardy.

Witness Paul Brightfield was parked next to Ms Whittome car and saw the attack unfold.

"When he jumped out, I thought he was mucking around until I saw the knife in his hand," he said.

Mr Brightfield said it appeared that the offender may have known his victim was at the shopping centre at the time.

Media and Crime Prevention Unit Senior Sergeant Janelle Poole said police had a suspect and officers were now looking to speak with the man they believe is responsible.

Police had cleared the scene by 12.30pm and the car park was reopened.

Anyone with information should call Policelink on 131 444.

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