DENAIR — Sheriff's detectives on Friday were looking for a group of people who stabbed four men and two youths after a fight between the two groups broke out Thursday night near an apartment complex just west of Santa Fe Avenue.
The injured were listed in stable condition and being treated at hospitals Friday evening. Three of them required surgery. The victims' ages ranged from 14 to 21.
It appeared the incident began near the apartment complex on Merced Avenue, said deputy Andrew Winter, a sheriff's spokesman.
He said the victims were in front of the complex when a group drove by in a car. The two groups began arguing and a fight ensued.
Shortly before 11 p.m., Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded to reports of the stabbings in the area of Main Street and Merced Avenue.
When the deputies arrived, four of the injured were waiting in their cars, Winter said. They were taken by ambulance to Modesto-area hospitals.
Two others injured in the incident had been taken by family members to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.
Winter said all the victims appeared to be family or friends and are from Denair and Antioch.
Two 21-year-old men, a 19-year-old man, an 18-year-old man and two 14-year-old boys suffered stab wounds during the fight, Winter said.
Sheriff's officials did not release their names to ensure their safety.
Detectives had talked to just three of the victims. It's not known how many people were in the car, and there are no descriptions of them or the car
Winter said it's too early to tell whether the fight was gang-related, but detectives are looking into that motive.
He said the detectives have received little information from witnesses about the incident.
Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about this stabbing to call Detective Frank Soria at 525-7080 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
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