The Chicago Police Department said a woman stabbed a store employee 27 times while another woman held him by the hair after they were asked to wear a face mask inside a store.

The attack occurred around 6 p.m. Sunday at an undisclosed store in the West Side, police spokeswoman Karie James told The Chicago Sun-Times.

Two women, 21-year-old Jessica Hill and 18-year-old Jayla Hill, entered the store and were greeted by a worker who allegedly requested they put on face masks and use hand sanitizer available by the door.

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The two women allegedly began to argue with the 32-year-old employee. The altercation at some point became physical and one of the women reportedly punched the worker in the chest.

According to police, Jessica Hill pulled a knife out of her back pocket and stabbed the man more than two dozen times while Jayla Hill held him in place by his hair.

The man suffered stab wounds to his chest, back and arms, James told the Sun-Times. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

The two women were arrested at the scene and each face a count of attempted murder.

Both were treated for minor lacerations at St. Anthony Hospital, according to James.