SALEM — A feud between two employees at Taco Bell on Highland Avenue escalated to violence on Saturday when a man was stabbed eight times by his co-worker, police said.
The victim, who suffered stab wounds to the head, chest, and abdomen, was bleeding heavily when police first arrived. He was later taken to Salem Hospital by Atlantic Ambulance.
By last night, he was no longer listed as a patient in the hospital, according to hospital staff.
Police responded to the Taco Bell at 267 Highland Ave. at 9:17 p.m. Friday, hours before the stabbing, for a reported fistfight.
The fight ended before police arrived and neither man wanted to talk about the incident to police.
At 3:50 a.m., police received a report of the stabbing.
A witness told police the victim, one of the two men involved in the fistfight, was stabbed as he walked in the parking lot.
Police arrested the victim's co-worker, Chaz Lee Burton, 21, of 9 Elliott St., Swampscott, a short time later when hospital staff called police about a suspicious man inside the emergency department.
Police charged Burton, the second man in the fistfight, with eight counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder.
Burton will be arraigned today at Salem District Court.