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Teen's stabbing outside Sacramento mall may have been gang-related

November 25, 2011 | 12:14 pm

A teenage boy was stabbed early Friday morning outside of a Sacramento mall crowded with Black Friday shoppers after getting into an argument that police say may have been gang-related.

The victim was stabbed outside of the Macy’s department store at around 3 a.m., said Sgt. Andrew Pettit, of the Sacramento Police Department. His injuries were described as non-life-threatening, he said.

Pettit said the stabbing stemmed from an argument and fight between two groups at the Arden Fair Mall, which opened at midnight offering day-after Thanksgiving bargains. He said the mall was busy with shoppers at the time.

“Somebody said it was like Saturday afternoon at two in the morning,” Pettit said.

He said that there were different accounts about what provoked the stabbing, with some witnesses saying the argument was over a girl and others saying that it involved gang rivalries.

“They were throwing out terms back and forth,” he said, adding that the victim was stabbed in the midsection. Pettit said there was little information on the suspects so far, and the victim’s name has not been released.

Police investigators plan to review video surveillance.


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