A large Ocean Beach bonfire involving high school students just starting their summer vacation turned bloody Saturday after an intoxicated teen was stabbed six times.
Police were called to Great Highway at Judah Street about 11:45 p.m. about a stabbing. The party, which was held by students of various San Francisco high schools, began to clear out after rumors swirled about the attack.
“Everybody started running,” said a witness, whom The San Francisco Examiner is not identifying for potential safety reasons.
The witness, who called 911, said three assailants were beating a highly intoxicated teenager who “kept talking crap” to them. The witness pleaded with them to stop.
“I told one of the kids who was fighting him ... ‘that’s not fair at all, he’s a drunk guy,’” she said.
Shortly after the brawl, the victim was taken by a group of five teenagers — including his friends, the witness and her boyfriend — to the street. After calling police, the witness said the teens saw the victim’s six stab wounds — five to his back — and thought he had died.
“At first he wasn’t responsive, in a daze; I thought he was gone,” the witness said.
As emergency personnel rushed to the beach, a partygoer used vodka to try to disinfect the teenager’s puncture wounds, the witness said.
“They took his shirt off and used it to put pressure on the wounds,” said the witness.
Two suspects, described by witnesses as teenagers, were seen fleeing the crime and were taken into custody by San Francisco Police Department officers and turned over to U.S. Park Police, which patrols the federally owned beach.
The suspects, whose identities were not released, were booked into County Jail for resisting arrest. They might face stiffer charges pending the results of an ongoing investigation, U.S. Park Police spokesman Howard Levitt said.
Due to the probe, Levitt said, few details were being released about the incident.
The victim’s condition was not known Tuesday, Levitt said.