15-year-old boy stabbed, injured on Ocean City, NJ boardwalk

"If you don't want to behave, don't come," Mayor Jay Gillian said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Saturday night, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey

Police made multiple arrests in connection with the fight that allegedly sparked the attack, however authorities did not reveal whether the suspected stabber was among them. 

According to NBC Philadelphia, the incident took place shortly after 9pm between 9th and 10th Streets on the beachfront promenade. When police responded to reports of a scuffle, they discovered the 15-year-old victim, who had been stabbed.  

While he was transported to a nearby hospital with what authorities described as non-life-threatening injuries, law enforcement made multiple arrests, however it was not revealed whether the male suspect who allegedly attacked the boy was among those taken into custody. 

The situation sent those on the boardwalk into a panic, as they rushed to move away from the scene. 

"The boardwalk was so full, you would've got trampled if you didn't run," a witness told CBS Philadelphia. "I just heard a whole bunch of screaming, lots of running; it was really chaotic, pretty scary if you ask me." 

"As in recent years and in other shore towns, Ocean City experienced a number of issues related to large crowds of teens on the Boardwalk, fights, shoplifting and disorderly conduct during the start of Memorial Day Weekend," Mayor Jay Gillian wrote in a statement

He lamented the impact criminal acts have on the residents of the town, as well as visitors, and made it clear that they "will not tolerate it." 

"Our officers made multiple arrests last night and were able to quickly restore order to the Boardwalk once the teens involved in these incidents were removed," Gillian explained. "We have a highly qualified team of officers on the boardwalk and throughout town, and they will enforce all laws to the fullest." 

He concluded by stating, "I want to send a clear message to parents and to teens: 'If you don't want to behave, don't come'." 

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