A teenager was stabbed and seriously wounded in a fight Monday at the National Zoo as the zoo marked African American Family Day. A 16-year-old was arrested and charged in the incident, D.C. police said.
D.C. police Cmdr. Michael E. Reese said the stabbing was connected to “some kind of ruckus” that apparently broke out within the zoo and might have resumed at or near the entrance on Connecticut Avenue NW.
The victim was in stable condition Monday night, police said. No age was given for him, and he was not identified. The family-day celebration is a tradition at the zoo on the day after Easter.
The motive in the attack remained unclear Monday night.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the suspect, from Southeast Washington, was charged with assault with intent to kill. He was not named. It wasn’t clear whether police were looking for additional suspects.
Reese, who is head of the 2nd Police District, said the fight might have stemmed from an ongoing dispute. Or, he said, it might have been over “something that just happened right there.”