Just before 4:30 p.m. yesterday, two Los Angeles High School students were hospitalized after being stabbed outside the school during an altercation. The suspects fled the scene, and LAUSD School Police responded quickly, followed by a huge LAPD response that closed Olympic Blvd. just as rush hour was starting. (Most traffic west of the campus was diverted both north and south along Rimpau Blvd., through the Brookside and Longwood Highlands neighborhoods, and traffic east of the school diverted north along Muirfield Rd. through Brookside, and south along West Blvd.)
This afternoon, LAPD released the following statement about the crime:
“On May 1, around 4:25 p.m, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division officers responded to a radio call of an “ambulance-cutting/ADW,” near the 4000 block of West Olympic Boulevard.
Los Angeles School Police Department officers were at the scene, administering first aid/medical treatment to two male victims, ages 16 and 15. The victims had sustained stab wounds to their upper bodies. A Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance transported the victims to local hospitals, where both victims were later listed in stable condition.
One of the victims is a student at the High School, while the other victim was not a student there. Witnesses described what they thought was a fist fight between 6-10 people (some who appeared to be possible students), on the sidewalk area of Olympic Boulevard and Rimpau Boulevard. Two vehicles (possibly a black Toyota and a red Cadillac) were seen leaving the vicinity at the end of the fight.
At this time, detectives are still trying to confirm the nexus between the suspect(s) and the victims.
Around 11 p.m., Wilshire detectives conducted a follow up to the 2300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard where they detained one male adult and two male juvenile subjects. One male/juvenile subject was arrested for firearm possession inside of a vehicle. The second subject was released, and the adult was questioned and released. Currently the investigation is still ongoing.
Wilshire Detectives are continuing to work with the Los Angeles School Police Department and the staff of the Los Angeles Unified School District, ensuring the safety of the students and the surrounding community.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Wilshire Detective Breegle, Serial No. 38030, at (213) 922-8234. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org Tipsters may al so visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may al so download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.”
Meanwhile, LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho posted a statement on Twitter yesterday, calling the incident “senseless,” and saying, “All of our students deserve to go to school free of fear and full of hope”: