Several patrons snapped pictures of the stabbing victim as he stood inside the restaurant. Some later posted the images to social media. Reuters

Customers at a Queens, New York, McDonald’s witnessed a frightening scene early Tuesday morning as a man walked into the restaurant with a knife sticking out of his back.

The incident involving a 50-year-old man occurred around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, reports New York’s WCBS. According to witnesses, the man was on his phone when he entered the restaurant and blood was pouring down his back.

“He was on the phone. I’m pretty sure he was on the phone talking to somebody in his family or a loved one or something. He was talking to them and telling them it might be the last time he’s speaking to them,” witness Tromaine Yancey told WCBS.

Authorities say the man was involved in an altercation with two men. Police are still searching for two suspects they say were arguing with the man prior to the victim entering the McDonald’s. A second witness said Tuesday’s stabbing was the result of a fight among the three men that began on Monday. The man was taken to Jamaica Hospital and is listed in serious condition.