Two teenage boys were stabbed during one of several fights that broke out after a high school boys basketball game at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey Monday evening, February 5th, police said.
The victims were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for treatment. One victim, who was stabbed in the chest, has been released from the hospital, while the second victim, who was stabbed in the back of his head, remains in critical condition, police said.
The two victims who were stabbed during the altercations did not appear to be students from either St. Bernard or Serra high schools, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Lt. Richard Mossler said.
“A majority of the players were outside students,” Mossler said of those involved in the fights.
Police have arrested an 18-year-old male student in connection with the stabbing of the two victims during a fight that occurred at about 9:15 p.m. near St. Bernard High School at 92nd Street and Falmouth Avenue in Playa del Rey, Mossler said.
The fight was one of what police described as numerous altercations involving groups of students and non-students that broke out following St. Bernard’s 61-59 loss to Del Rey League rival Serra High School of Gardena.
There were some other reported “scuffles” that occurred during the halftime period of the game, but it is unknown whether the altercations after the game were related to them, Mossler said.
Police said it was not immediately clear what influenced the fights after the game but that they were investigating whether the motive was gang-related.
Following the stabbing incident, the victim with the chest wound was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The other victim, who still had a knife lodged in his head, was taken to the hospital by helicopter and underwent surgery Tuesday, February 6th, Mossler said.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call LAPD Pacific Detectives at (310) 482-6313, or the toll-free anonymous tip line at (877) 529-3855, (877-LAWFULL).