San Francisco Police Investigate Stabbing by Group of Juveniles at Popular Dolores Park

A man was in critical condition with several stab wounds Thursday, a day after being attacked by a group of juveniles at Dolores Park in San Francisco, according to police.

At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the park, located on Dolores Street between 18th and 20th streets.

Police said the group chased the 23-year-old victim across the park, stabbing him in full view of several people who called 911. The victim was taken to a hospital where he remained in critical condition Thursday night, police said.

A gang task force was investigating and developing leads Thursday, police said.

"A vicious attack like that at 5 in the afternoon is a wake up call," said Jesse Quay, a Dolores Park regular. "It's obviously a horrible thing."

The suspects were described as a group of between five and six juveniles. They fled the scene after the stabbing, police said.

Further details, including suspect information or a motive, were not immediately available.  

Resident Matt Tibblals said violence in the Mission isn't new, but the time and place is alarming.

"It seems like a lot of it happens early in the morning or later at night," he said. "They're getting more brazen. Maybe that will make something happen."

People with information about the incident are asked to call the San Francisco Police Department's anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

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