What started as a fist fight ended in a stabbing in the parking lot near RA Sushi Bar Restaurant and the AMC Ahwatukee 24 Theatre in the 4900 block of east Ray Road early Saturday morning.
According to Sgt. Dennis Orender, it began around 1 a.m. when two adults exchanged words, then took off their shirts and began to fight.
"Sometime during the fight the suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the victim eight times," Orender said.
The 27-year-old victim was transported to the hospital by the Phoenix Fire Department.
Details were sketchy Monday morning but police are searching for a Hispanic male, medium build, wearing a dark shirt and baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStop at (602) 262-6151.