Published: Dec 27, 2011 4:46 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives continue their investigation today into a Christmas morning stabbing around 12:50 a.m. in front of Caribbean Grocery, 2745 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

Witnesses told detectives that a party inside was winding down and there was an argument outside between two men that escalated into a physical altercation. Witnesses said the argument resulted in a stabbing in the abdomen of Sean A. Mitland, 42, of North Port. Charlotte County Fire/EMS transported Mitland to Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center.

Detectives said the incident is an open and active investigation. If anyone has information about this stabbing, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).