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17-year-old stabbed in gang-related fight at High Point High School

A 17-year-old boy stabbed and wounded another 17-year-old boy during an apparently gang-related fight Thursday at Beltsville’s High Point High School, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 11 a.m. in a breezeway at the school, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George’s County Police spokesman. He said the assailant used some type of small knife to stab the victim in the leg and torso, then fled from the school. The victim, he said, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

Tippett said investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for the 17-year-old suspect, but they have not yet located him. He said he believed both people involved in the fights were students, but he was working to confirm that.

Tippett said investigators believe the fight “may have possibly had some gang ties to it.” He said he did not know what gangs were involved.

Briant Coleman, a Prince George's County schools spokesman, confirmed that a fight occurred at High Point about 11 a.m., but he said school security personnel were still investigating other details. He said those involved in the fight left before security personnel arrived on the scene, and it was not until two hours later that a 17-year-old showed up at the hospital, reporting he was stabbed at High Point.

“We’re still investigating. There was a fight on campus, but we are not certain that the student was actually stabbed at High Point," Coleman said.

Coleman said police told him the victim was a High Point student. He said he did not have any information on the suspect.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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