NEW YORK – An after-school fight between two high school students on the street near the theater district of Manhattan, and escalated into a violent stabbing on Wednesday that four boys struck.
The suspect, a 16-year-old in a red hat, fled the scene and the police were looking for him, said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. The fight broke out between two teenagers, who had been suspended last week; it was their first day back to school, and they met outside to fight after the dismissal, Boyce said.
The school is located around the corner from the new Broadway production of “Groundhog Day”, as well as the revival of “Cats”.
If the 16-year-old struck the 15-year-old, three others jumped in and they were all stabbed, authorities said. The 15-year-old victim of the most serious injuries, with wounds to his back, and he was in the surgery, said Boyce. A second 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the stomach, a 17-year-old boy was struck on his ear, and a 18-year-old was wounded in the arm. Authorities say she suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Sherri Hodes, who lives on the same block as the school, told The Associated Press she saw the fight as she was walking her border collie mix, Sophie, but she didn’t know that at the time that someone had been stabbed.
“One man was punching another man, and the other man wasn’t really punching back. He got him on the ground, and he was punching him and punching him,” Hodes said. “They were screaming, and the people were carried out. It was so fast and so much was going on. It was crazy.”
Hodes said she often sees fights between students at the school.
“They fight all the time. I mean, that is what children do. That is what teenagers do,” she said.
Boyce said: it is not clear what the reason for the fight, or the brawl last week that led to the suspension. He said that it does not appear to be gang-related, but it was in research.
A knife was found in a backpack near the scene.
The school, Public School, 35, has 306 pupils from the first to the 12th grades and includes special education.
A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education, said he worked closely with the police.
“The safety of students and staff is our highest priority,” the spokeswoman said.