CHARLESTOWN — A 37-year-old man was stabbed in the chest and seriously injured on Narragansett Tribal grounds late Saturday night, police say.
Andrew J. Smith, whose last known address was in Peace Dale, an area of South Kingstown, was taken to South County Hospital shortly after the incident, at about 10:30 p.m.
He was later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital’s trauma center.
He was reported in serious condition this morning.
Narragansett Tribal Police are handling the case, which, according to Charlestown police, occurred during the tribe’s annual three-day meeting and powwow on Indian Church Road.
Antone Monroe, the Narragansett tribal police chief, would not say whether any one person is a suspect in the stabbing. He said he isn’t sure if Smith is a tribal member, but others contacted by The Sun have said they believe he has tribal affiliation.
Charlestown Police Lt. Patrick J. McMahon, who is also chief of the Charlestown Rescue Service, said the town police received a call from tribal police requesting help Saturday night. The stabbing victim, said McMahon, was taken from tribal property to a Charlestown ambulance that was waiting on Route 2.
McMahon said Smith suffered a stab wound to the left side of his chest during an altercation. Smith was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital because of the seriousness of his condition and “for more definitive care due to the stab wound which caused damage to one of his lungs.”
McMahon said Charlestown police received numerous 911 calls Saturday from powwow attendees reporting multiple disturbances on the tribal property, where scores of people had gathered for the annual event.
Personnel from the Rhode Island State Police, and the Westerly, Hopkinton, Richmond and South Kingstown police departments were called in to assist tribal police in dealing with the disturbances, he said.
Additional ambulances from Westerly, Hope Valley, Ashaway and the University of Rhode Island were also called in as a precaution, McMahon said, but no additional injuries were reported and the rescue personnel left just before midnight.
Antone said the Narragansett Indian Tribal Police Department is investigating the stabbing.