Two boys were stabbed across the street from Tokay High School shortly after school let out for the day Wednesday, and investigators had soon detained four suspects.
Lodi police believe the incident was gang-related but were still sorting out the details and interviewing numerous witnesses Wednesday evening. Police did not release names because those involved were juveniles.
About 15 minutes after school ended, police were called at 2:27 p.m. to the high school on Century Boulevard, where two teens had been stabbed, Lt. Bill Barry said.
One youth was injured in the leg and the other in the torso, and both were transported by ambulances to area hospitals with wounds that did not appear to be life-threatening, Barry said.
Officers detained one suspect at the scene and learned that other suspects had apparently left in a red Cadillac that was missing part of a rear taillight. In the meantime, the mother of a suspect arrived and told police she had given a boy a ride to a nearby condo on Scarborough Drive.
While some officers and volunteer police Partners combed the area near the high school for a weapon, detectives began looking for the Cadillac. It soon pulled into the Brookside Terrace condominium complex on Scarborough Drive, where residents said they hadn't previously seen the car.
"I saw two guys walk by and they acted like they lived here," said Laura Lopez, who has only lived in the generally quiet complex for less than two months.
Her mother told her the two males didn't seem to belong in the area, and before long Detective Nick Welton had arrested the suspects at gunpoint.
Another youth was detained south of the complex, and police were still looking for another suspect, Barry said.
The dispute apparently started when a gang member saw one of his friends get into a fight with a rival gang, Detective Eric Bradley said as he searched the red Cadillac, which was later towed.
By Wednesday evening police were still sorting out the events and looking for the weapon.
"It is unfortunately mindless violence," Barry said. "Thousands of taxpayer dollars are spent because two people looked at each other."
First published: Wednesday, September 27, 2006