- The Washington Times - Monday, April 25, 2011

A 16-year-old from Southeast was taken into custody last night and charged with assault, reports say. The fight started at about 3:20 p.m. near the Small Mammal House. Police are still unsure whether the stabbing, part of a larger brawl, started at the zoo during its annual Easter Monday event or was part of an ongoing disagreement. They are also investigating whether the teenaged victim was stabbed a second time outside the zoo gates on Connecticut Avenue NW.

The stabbing injuries were considered potentially life threatening. The event is more than 100 years old and is billed as a program that welcomes thousands of black families and children from the area, reports The Washington Times.

In 2000, a 16-year-old boy opened fire during the same event at the zoo, injuring seven children.