17-year-old stabbed during group fight; Argument began at fair

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A 17-year-old male was treated and released from Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin on Tuesday after being stabbed twice during a fight in the Austin Dairy Queen parking lot.

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, police were notified at 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday that the 17-year-old had been admitted to the hospital with two stab wounds in the middle of his back.

Police had responded to a call at 9:26 p.m. about a large fight in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen on West Oakland Avenue. Everyone had fled by the time they arrived; however, police learned that two groups of teen boys, one consisting of kids from Austin and the other of kids from Austin and Blooming Prairie, had been in a verbal confrontation with each other while at the Mower County Fair. The altercation turned into a shoving match and one group left the Fairgrounds and went to McDonalds, then Dairy Queen.

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While they were in the Dairy Queen parking lot, the other group showed up and a second fight broke out, Krueger said. It was during this fight that one teen took out a knife and stabbed the 17-year-old.

Krueger said that one participant, an 11-year-old, also had cuts and bruises, though the cuts were not knife injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. Krueger said police are currently attempting to locate a 16-year-old male who is a potential suspect.