Two people stabbed in Delhi fight

12/09/2012 3:11 PM

12/10/2012 12:03 AM

Two men were stabbed Saturday in what appeared to be a gang fight in Delhi, according to the Merced County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the parking lot of Cottonwood Liquors on Stephens Street because of reports of a fight there, according to Deputy Tom Mac- Kenzie.

When they arrived, deputies found a Latino man in his 20s stabbed twice in the leg.

MacKenzie also said several people started running from the area when deputies arrived. Authorities believe the fight started between two rival gang members at a party next door to the liquor store.

The second stabbing victim, also a Latino man in his 20s, was found by the Turlock Police Department at Lander Avenue and Highway 99.

The man was transported to a Modesto area hospital, where he underwent surgery for his wounds, MacKenzie said.

He is listed in critical condition with life-threatening wounds.

According to MacKenzie, both victims were uncooperative and investigators believe the fight was triggered by gang rivalries. Investigators believe the two stab victims were in the altercation against each other.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff's Department at (209) 385-7451.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or

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