- Associated Press - Monday, April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON | Police were searching for suspects Monday after a teenager was stabbed at Washington’s National Zoo, which was hosting thousands of visitors for an Easter celebration for black families.

Police were called to the zoo about 3:20 p.m. Monday for the report of a stabbing on zoo grounds, said Officer Paul Metcalf. Rescuers were called to Connecticut Avenue near the zoo a short time later, said D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

Medics found a teenage male with potentially life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

A zoo spokeswoman said it was unclear where the stabbing occurred but that there was a fight on the zoo’s grounds. It wasn’t clear whether any weapons were used. Zoo police escorted several people out, said spokeswoman Jen Zoon.

The zoo remained open late Monday afternoon. Its gates were closed to new visitors, though, because the zoo had reached its maximum capacity.

The zoo was hosting an Easter Monday celebration for African America families that dates back to the 1890s. In 2000, there was a multiple shooting at the zoo during the same event. Seven children were wounded.



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