2 Teens Stabbed at South Bay Galleria

The Redondo Beach and Torrance police departments are searching all vehicles leaving the mall in North Redondo Beach.

Update: The stabbing was unprovoked, police say. Both teens are in stable condition.

Original story:

Two teens were stabbed outside a movie theater at the South Bay Galleria on Saturday night, prompting police to block off the entrances and exits to the mall in search of a suspect, according to Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman.

According to Freeman, witnesses reported seeing a boy and a girl suddenly collapse just outside the AMC ticket lobby shortly after 7:20 p.m. Upon further investigation, it was found that the two minors had been stabbed.

Paramedics were called to the mall, and the two victims were transported to the hospital. Freeman said that the boy and girl are currently in surgery. Their conditions were not known as of 11:45 p.m. 

There were no witnesses to the actual stabbing, and bystanders only saw the two victims fall to the ground, Freeman said. The person suspected of stabbing the pair was described simply as a "black male."

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Following the stabbing, officers from the Redondo Beach, Torrance, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach police departments searched the trunks and interiors of vehicles as they pulled out of the mall's parking structure, according to Redondo Beach police Sgt. Mike Martinez.

Officers were looking for the suspect or possible signs of a struggle, he said.

While police did establish a perimeter, the mall was never evacuated or placed on lockdown, Freeman said.

"What we did is contain the mall," said Freeman. "We were hoping to find evidence or some witnesses."

Police said they will also review security camera footage from the movie theater, mall and nearby stores to see if they can identify a suspect or discover further information about the incident.

Anyone with information on the stabbings is being asked to contact the Redondo Beach Police Department's tip line at 310-937-6685. People can also text their information to 310-339-2362 or email crimetips@redondo.org.

Dr. Coronel December 31, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Amazing how the racist, hateful talks abound here...is this what we want to sow? How about problem-solving, tolerance, empathy, etc...And this person Phoenix pouring soda on kids? Wow! What's happening to our humanity?
hitnrun December 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Aka safer malls for our children
Dale Smith. January 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
There's one more thing to do, Chase AES out of Redondo so the city will have even less tax revenue.
Christine gonzalez January 22, 2013 at 04:33 AM
That is one reason why I moved out of California, I have not seen any gangs here where I live.
Wolfman March 13, 2013 at 02:29 PM
how many of you remember all the crime at the Hawthorne Mall and it was right across the street from the police department


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