A man was stabbed to death near a homeless encampment in the area of the 91 Freeway and Cherry Avenue Thursday evening, according to authorities.

Police said they first learned about the attack when they responded to a battery in the 6700 block of Cherry Avenue around 6 p.m. and found an unresponsive man with stab wounds to the upper body. The man later died at a local hospital.

Detectives believe the victim and the attacker had an argument near a homeless encampment, which escalated into the stabbing. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.

The Los Angeles County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner is currently working to identify the decedent and notify next of kin.