Police are investigating a rare attempted killing after a young man was stabbed more than once at a park adjacent to an elementary school Tuesday night, authorities said.
A 19-year-old San Bruno man was sitting in a car with two other men at San Bruno City Park on 1125 Crystal Springs Road just before 10 p.m., said San Bruno police Cmdr. Noreen Hanlon, when an altercation broke out between the car’s three occupants and a separate group of men outside the vehicle. In the ensuing fight, the 19-year-old was stabbed more than once, she said, just past El Crystal Elementary School.
Police are not releasing further information on the suspects, the victim, the victim’s car, the victim’s acquaintances, the nature of the altercation, the number of stab wounds or whether the stabbing was gang-related because the attempted homicide is under investigation. Investigators did say, however, that locals should not be concerned that a serial stabber is on the loose in the city.
“This does not appear to be a random attack,” Hanlon said. “We have every reason to believe that the victim was targeted.”
There have been fights in the past at San Bruno City Park — located on a major city artery that connects El Camino Real with Interstate Highway 280 — but there is no history of attacks there, she said. Hanlon also said that slayings or attempted killings are not common in San Bruno, Hanlon said.
Police frequently pass by the park, which closes at 10 p.m., so there were no plans to step up patrols Thursday, she said.
There were no groups that rented out the park that night, said interim Parks and Recreation Director Wendy Mines. The part of the park where the stabbing occurred, called Beckner Shelter, is an open space area that contains a hut with tables, fields and horseshoe pits.
There are no additional parks personnel who sweep the park around closure but police commonly visit the area after hours, she said.
“The parks are safe and this was an isolated incident,” Mines said.
Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call police at (650) 616-7100.