Lodi police found another stabbing victim Wednesday from a weekend series of gang-related incidents, but they have made no arrests.
The young man had a one-inch laceration on his back, Detective Tim Fritz said, but had not sought medical care. Though police called paramedics as a precaution, the victim did not need hospitalization.
Police found him after several days of investigating, and hearing a rumor of a stabbing victim who lived on East Pine Street. Detectives, who keep track of gang-related matters, soon narrowed down a list of possible names.
The victim confirmed that he had been at a quinceaÃ±era â€" held to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday â€" Saturday night at St. Anne's Church. The party, which the girl's sister said was to end at 11 p.m., had been uneventful until around 10:15 p.m., when a fight broke out.
That fight spilled into the street, where officers arrived to find about 50 young people in the intersection of Church and Walnut streets.
Several people showed up later at Lodi Memorial Hospital, including an 18-year-old girl who had been shot in the leg.
She told police that happened on East Elm Street, and on Monday afternoon a citizen called police after finding blood from the apparent shooting scene in the 500 block of East Elm Street.
That young woman told police she had been at the quinceaÃ±era, but that the shooting happened several hours later as she was walking with a friend.
Police are still following leads, but have made no arrests.
"Everybody is either uncooperative or legitimately doesn't know who started it," Fritz said.