BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - It may be Columbus Day but it is business as usual in the University Heights neighborhood of Buffalo.
It is an area that rises and falls by UB students. It took another fall early Sunday morning when a UB football Player was stabbed outside of "The Northside" bar on Main Street. Junior Scott Pettigrew suffered stab wounds in the upper chest. He was treated at Erie County Medical Center and released.
Mid-Monday morning the University of Buffalo released a state from head coach Jeff Quinn.
"Scott is blessed he wasn't hurt more seriously, he is very fortunate and we are thankful for the quick and immediate assistance from Buffalo's emergency responders. Scott has been in touch with his family and it appears he will be fine and will not have any lasting effects."
University Heights Business Association President Tucker Curtin keeps an eye out on the neighborhood and businesses in and around the UB area.
"I think in this case we had some new operators or a facility that maybe didn't know what they were getting into," he says. "And I'm sure a lot more cognizant of the type of product they are going to offer from now on."
Curtin says more police presence would be welcomed, "We are going to have problems when you have critical mass and you have a number of people and mix young people with alcohol"
He has also reached out to the University asking them for help collaborating with the city to keep the neighborhood safe.
"Having UB out there making sure the sidewalks are clean, making sure that people aren't walking around with open containers you know obeying the regular laws," says Curtin
Police have arrested Marjon Bailey, 22, Eddie Green, 22 and Frederick Long, 22, charging them with assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.