NEWARK — Three people were stabbed by a man inside a McDonald's early Wednesday evening.

Public Safety Director Fritz Frage said two women and a man were injured around 6:40 p.m. after an "altercation" inside the restaurant on the southbound side of Route 21 (McCarter Highway).

The victims were taken to University Hospital in Newark. Each was reportedly in stable condition as of Wednesday night, according to Frage.

The circumstances of the altercation have not been disclosed. No arrests have been made in the stabbing, according to Frage.

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