A teenage boy was stabbed by a member of a rival gang Thursday afternoon on Moffett Boulevard, police said. The 17-year-old victim is expected to recover; doctors said the knife did not damage any major organs.
The Mountain View teenager was walking in the 200 block of Moffett Boulevard, between Jackson Street and Central Avenue, when he encountered his attacker -- described as a "muscular," 5-foot-8-inch Hispanic man in his late 20s, said Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View police. The attacker yelled out the name of a gang and began punching the victim before stabbing him in the chest. The attacker then fled south on Moffett Boulevard, Wylie said.
The victim's friend who was walking to meet him witnessed the fight from a distance, Wylie said. The two of them asked employees from the Fernandez Supermarket, just across Central Avenue from where the stabbing took place, to call 911.
The victim was transported to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries, Wylie said.
Police do not release gang names to the media, for fear of encouraging more gang violence, Wylie said. However, the victim admitted to being affiliated with a rival gang.
Police have yet to locate the suspect or the knife, Wylie said.