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A deadly stabbing is under investigation at one of New York City’s migrant shelters.

According to the NYPD, a 24-year-old man was stabbed at a shelter on Randall’s Island around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. The man was stabbed in the chest.

Medics responded to took the man to a local hospital where he was ultimately pronounced dead, police said.

An employee of the shelter told News 4 the incident started with some kind of altercation in the facility’s dining room.

“Everyone in the lunchroom was crowded together, standing on tables watching. I seen security trying to cool down this one guest, but the guest he just wasn’t having it,” a witness said. “He ran to get something, came back and lunged at the guy. Everything happened so quickly.”

The suspect reportedly tried to run off after the attack but was stopped by security. Police confirmed they had a 26-year-old man in custody.

A knife was also recovered from the scene.

A spokesperson for City Hall said security at the relief center would be “redoubling” efforts to keep everyone safe.

“The overwhelming majority of migrants in our care came to our city in search of a better life and the American Dream. The small number of those disrupting that journey for the rest of the migrants in our care by acting violently will face enforcement to the fullest extent of the law,” the spokesperson said.

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