Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Wigan.
The 27-year-old was stabbed on Elliot Street in Tyldesley at around 3am on Saturday morning after a "group of youths" threw items at his car, police have said.
The man got out of his car to confront the group before being stabbed in the chest by one of them, leaving a "six-inch" wound.
The man is said to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital and no arrests have been made so far.
The group has been described as consisting of around 8-10 boys, aged between 15 and 18, police have said that at least two girls were also in the group.
Detective Sergeant Lee Jamieson, of GMP’s Wigan division, said: "An investigation is underway and we are treating this with the utmost seriousness - we cannot and will not tolerate this abhorrent behaviour in our communities.
"I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to anyone with information about this incident or those responsible to contact us as soon as possible."
The 27-year-old remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5307 quoting 616 of 07/03/20 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.