A 15-year-old boy died last night after being stabbed along the 200 block of East Cabrillo Boulevard. According to a statement from Santa Barbara Police spokesman Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte, a 911 call was placed around 9 p.m. last night, just before the waterfront fireworks show began, about a stabbing near the Dolphin Fountain at Stearns Wharf. This victim, a different 15-year-old, was taken to the hospital for stab wounds but later released. In getting to this first victim, however, the police were waved down by bystanders and asked to attend to a second, more seriously wounded teen. The boy was “unresponsive” as a result of multiple stab wounds. He died after being transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
No arrests have been made. Police has asked that anybody with any information about the incident call the police department at (805) 897-2300.
Two other stabbing victims - the other 15-year-old and a 14-year-old who was also hospitalized with stab wounds - were treated and released from Cottage Hospital last night as well. Duarte implied that all three stabbings resulted from the same mlee somewhere downtown and sometime shortly before the fireworks.