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Published on May 27, 2024
Teenager Wounded in Stabbing During Boardwalk Brawl in Ocean City, New JerseySource: Google Street View

Ocean City, New Jersey was the scene of a violent altercation this holiday weekend when a 15-year-old male was stabbed on the bustling boardwalk. According to 6abc, the incident occurred just after 9 p.m. on Saturday on the 1000 block of the boardwalk. Police, upon arriving at the chaotic scene, found the teenager with stab wounds incurred during a confrontations with an unidentified suspect.

The victim received on-site medical attention from the Ocean City Fire Department before being transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he is reportedly suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. While officials confirmed that several arrests were made in the aftermath of the altercation, it is unclear if the alleged stabber is in custody. A witness account captured by 6abc depicted the pandemonium as "pretty uncontrollable," with teens being apprehended and crowds scrambling in disarray.

Videos online showed young people fighting and chaotic crowds fleeing the boardwalk, emphasizing the seriousness of the incident. Parents and bystanders described scenes of chaos as people of all ages were overrun by running children. Despite the chaos the night before, Sunday passed without major incidents on the boardwalk.

Witnesses on the scene provided vivid accounts of the fear and turmoil they experienced. "All these kids started running, literally trampling over older adults, kids — it didn't matter, just going right through everybody," a mother awaiting her daughter revealed to CBS News Philadelphia. Trey Gibson, who was nearby, told the same source, "I just heard a whole bunch of screaming, lots of running." Amid rising concerns about youth violence in the area, Ocean City enforces a curfew from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. for those under 18 not accompanied by a parent or guardian.