A young man is in serious condition in hospital after he was hacked in the head and back with a hatchet on Saturday evening.

According to residents of the Britannia Woods community housing development, the man was attacked at around 7 p.m. on Saturday near a baseball diamond in Britannia Park.

To escape his attackers, the man ran to Ritchie Street, and eventually collapsed in front of a townhouse at 111 Ritchie St.

Tyson Flint, the unit resident, found him and called 9-1-1.

A trail of blood could still be seen along the ground leading from an open area to the front of Flint’s townhouse.

Residents said the man had a very deep gash that split his lower back to the bone.

He had also suffered serious cuts to his head and arm.

One man has been taken into custody.

Residents believe two other males were involved in the assault.

The Ottawa police guns and gangs unit is investigating the incident.

Local residents said that the incident is an escalation of a feud that has been going on for several weeks.