Halloween Gang Rumble on State

Gang members mingled among the costumed crowd in downtown Santa Barbara on Halloween night, and around 9:45 p.m., at State and Canon Perdido streets, a huge brawl broke out among armed teenagers. Officers arriving at the scene found 20 young men fighting at once, and so engrossed in the battle that officers had to pull them apart..According to Santa Barbara Police Department Lt. Paul McCaffrey, a cordon of officers managed to chase down and arrest 10 teenagers, several of them carrying clubs and knives. A 16-year-old was hospitalized with three stab wounds to the back and a 14-year-old was hospitalized with unspecified injuries. It was just the latest scuffle in an ongoing, seemingly intensifying conflict between crosstown gangs.

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