One person was hospitalized after being stabbed Sunday evening during an argument at Lake Yosemite, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.
The victim is expected to recover from the incident. Details about the motive remain sketchy, but sheriff's deputies say the incident appears to be gang related.
According to the sheriff's department, the incident was reported around 7 p.m. after an argument broke out between visitors at the lake. During the argument one person was stabbed. The victim was driven by someone to Mercy Medical Center Merced for treatment. Due to the injuries, the victim was flown by medical personnel to a Modesto hospital, according to Deputy Delray Shelton.
The people involved in the argument then moved their conflict onto the campus of UC Merced, which is a short distance from the lake. UC Merced police responded after receiving calls about an altercation in the area of the student residences, according to Lorena Anderson, UC Merced spokesperson.
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UC Merced officers detained two juvenile suspects until sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene.
Shelton said there were reports that a second person was stabbed after the incident spilled onto UC Merced's campus.
The second victim apparently left the scene before deputies arrived, and thus far there have been no reports of that person checking into local hospitals for treatment, Shelton said.
No students from UC Merced were involved in the incident, Anderson said.
The juveniles were booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall.
Merced County Sheriff’s detectives are asking witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Aaron Rosenberg at (209) 385-7472. Tips are kept confidential and you can remain anonymous.
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