A man was stabbed in the Target parking lot in what police believe was a gang-related assault Friday afternoon.
He sustained two puncture wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening, emergency workers said. The victim is a Hispanic male in his late-teens, said David Durand, public information officer for American Medical Response.
He was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital in a matter of minutes after the stabbing, he said.
"It took 15 minutes from the time we got the call to when he arrived at the hospital," he said. "That's how the system is supposed to work."
The assault took place near Tienda Drive and Kettleman Lane around 1:30 p.m., when three subjects wearing gang colors exited a champagne-colored Toyota Camry and attacked the victim, said Sgt. Fernando Martinez of the Lodi Police Department.
Officers did not disclose the specific colors the assailants were wearing.
One witness, a female juvenile, was transported to the Lodi Police Department for questioning, Martinez said.
Another teenager who saw the victim after the attack said he was asking people for a ride to the hospital.
"He was clutching his side and he had a stab wound under his armpit," said Alex Galindo, 17. "He asked the people at Supercuts to call an ambulance."
Police are looking for three Hispanic males between the ages of 17 and 19 in a Toyota Camry, Martinez said. No further descriptions of the vehicle or suspects are currently available.
News-Sentinel staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report.