A stabbing Friday near Healdsburg's Vineyard Plaza shopping center may have been gang related, Healdsburg police said. They are seeking witnesses who may be able to help identify the suspects.
Police got a call at around 4 p.m. that a man was bleeding from stab wounds near Summit State Bank.
Officers who responded found a 19-year-old man with multiple stab wounds in his neck, back and arm. Witnesses told police that the man was walking through the parking lot, which was full of shoppers at the time, when several Hispanic men in their late teens and early 20s drove up and assaulted him. Then they drove away, witnesses said.
Most of the wounds were superficial, but they still required stitches, Sgt. Luis Rodriguez said. The man was released from the hospital on Friday.
Rodriguez said the the investigation so far indicated that the attack wasn't random and was possibly gang related. The multiagency gang enforcement team MAGNET has joined the investigation, he said.
The area is not known for gang activity but police responded to another incident there in January, Rodriquez said. In that case, two men reportedly approached another man, used gang slogans, and threatened the man with a gun. The suspects then fled. One, a juvenile, was caught, but without a gun. Police never found the weapon or the second suspect.
Rodriguez asks that anyone with information about Friday's stabbing to call the department at 431-3377.
“We got a chance to talk to a couple witnesses but I'm sure there were quite a few others,” Rodriguez said. “We're hoping they'll call in.