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Police: Stabbing of Teen in Chico Possibly Gang-Related

Published On: Apr 22 2013 09:41:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2013 09:51:08 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico Police found a 17-year-old boy walking down the street with multiple stab wounds over the weekend.

It happened at the corner of Warner Street and First Avenue in the middle of the day.

Chico police found the teen with eight stab wounds all over his body.   Neighbors said they didn't see a thing.

"I didn't see a thing,” said Andrea Sitton.

“I had no idea,” said Allison Harger.

“I was laying on my couch doing homework,” said Callie McMurray.

Sitton, Harger, and McMurray live in a house right next to where the victim was walking.

“I mean you would notice that,” said McMurray.

Eventually, a Chico Police officer did.

“Sergeant Curtis Prosise was walking down West First Avenue and saw a young man, 17, bleeding,” said Lt. Mike O’Brien of the Chico Police Department.

Police say the boy was apparently trying to get to the hospital to treat his stab wounds.

O'Brien said the boy was stabbed, "several times on his head, upper body, and some even on his lower body.  None of the wounds were life-threatening."

Paramedics were called and the teen was taken to Enloe Medical Center.  As police were trying to figure out what happened the teen didn't give too much detail.

Investigators were able to find out the teen lives in a group home near Reno, NV.  He was visiting his mother in Paradise.

Police believe the teen has gang connections in Reno and also some here in the Northstate.

Police don't know why the teen was in Chico at the time of the stabbing, or who he was with.  But investigators hope to find out more on Tuesday.

“We'll take another crack at him, see if he'll provide it now after a day of thinking about it,” said O’Brien.