PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Providence Police are investigating a number of violent attacks that all took place within one half hour early Sunday morning.
Brown University sophomore, Joseph Sharkey, was punched in the head while he was talking to a group of women on the corner of George and Thayer Streets around 2:23 a.m. Sharkey is a guard on the Brown University Basketball team.
"He king of got sucker punched in the face and kind of hit his head on the concrete, after that he was knocked out cold," said Brown University sophomore Nick Lawley.
The victim is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital, and investigators said that the attack appears to be unprovoked.
Sharkey is in a medically induced coma to help reduce brain swelling.
Police said they are searching for a white male with a crew-cut hairstyle.
Earlier that morning, around 2:04 a.m., a 21-year-old Woonsocket man was shot in the leg near 120 Waverly St. He was brought to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, but his injuries aren't believed to be life threatening.
Another 21-year-old man was stabbed outside Ada's Creations on Broad St. around 2:30 a.m. He was also taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.
Anyone with information about any one of these incidents can contact the Providence Police Department at (401) 272-3121.
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