A man in his twenties is in critical condition after being stabbed early Saturday morning near Place des Arts in downtown Montreal.

The incident took place on the Esplanade of the Place des Arts, the open area to the left of the main building on Sainte-Catherine Street around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police say the man, accompanied by a friend, got involved in an argument with three people, and was stabbed in the abdomen.

Three suspects escaped on foot towards the south.