The Seattle Police Department’s gang unit was called to a Cinco de Mayo/Mother’s Day event at Magnuson Park over the weekend, after two men were stabbed in separate incidents.
According to police, the first stabbing occurred at 8:45, about 45 minutes after the event—which drew about 6,000 people to the park—ended, after two men got into an argument near a beer garden set up in the park.
The suspect in the incident punched the victim, and then pulled out a knife, which he used to slash and stab the victim.
According to a police report, the victim sustained a 4-inch cut on the top of his head and a stab wound to the stomach. However, the report says, the man “would not cooperate” police and refused to describe the suspect. The victim was then transported to Harborview with non-life-threatening injuries.
Shortly after the first incident, another man was stabbed after a fight on a dance floor set up in Building 30 moved outside.
The victim was stabbed in the hand, apparently by one of the men involved in the altercation, but he told police did not see his assailant. The victim told police he is “affiliated with a gang from Kent” but the report doesn’t indicate whether he was targeted because of his gang connection.
According to the report, gang detectives did not respond to the incident because no gang detectives were on duty at the time.