Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include statements from Mayor Jerry Dyer and Fresno City Councilmember Tyler Maxwell in response to the stabbing.
FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A teenager was stabbed after a fight broke out at the Fashion Fair Mall on Saturday night, according to the Fresno Police Department.
Around 6:20 p.m., officers were called out to the mall near Shaw Avenue and First Street after it was reported that someone had possibly been stabbed.
When officers arrived, they found a teenage boy suffering from what appeared to be non-life-threatening stab wounds.
The boy was taken to a local hospital to have his injuries treated.
While officers were investigating, they reportedly learned that a fight had broken out between 12-15 people inside of the mall near a JCPenney store. Officials say they believe the victim was stabbed at some point during the fight.
A short time later, officers say they received a call about another teenager being dropped off at a hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening stab wounds. Officials say they are unsure if the second teen was stabbed during the fight at the mall.
Officers say they have taken a man into custody for the stabbing, but they are investigating to see if he was the aggressor or if he was defending himself.
In a statement, Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer responded to the stabbing, writing, in part:
I am extremely disturbed by the increase in violence at Fashion Fair Mall with this latest stabbing. People should be able to enjoy their shopping experience and not have to worry about these types of incidents.Mayor Jerry Dyer
The mayor went on to say that he has been speaking with Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama, who is ‘taking steps to increase the presence of police officers both inside and outside of the mall.”
Mayor Dyer says he will be meeting with Chief Balderrama and Fresno City Councilmember Tyler Maxwell this week to go over security and develop a safety plan for the mall.
In his own statement, Councilmember Maxwell, who represents the district the Fashion Fair Mall is in, says he will continue to advocate for the police department to put bicycle patrol units back out at the mall.
“Serious policy and security changes must be met immediately,” Maxwell wrote. “Our communities safety remains my top priority and we will continue to work to ensure families feel safe in the area.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.