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Monday afternoon stabbing possibly gang-related

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Lincoln police are investigating the possibility that Monday afternoon’s stabbing was gang-related. Officers were dispatched to the area of 3rd and R streets to a reported stabbing victim at 4 p.m. on Monday, according to a Lincoln Police Department press release. Upon arrival, officers found a semi-conscious male, who was laying on the sidewalk “with a severe laceration to his arm,” according to police. The stabbing victim was identified as a 17-year-old Lincoln resident, who was then transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital by ambulance, police said. Lincoln Police Chief Paul Shelgren said Tuesday morning that the victim is in stable condition. A suspect in the stabbing has not been identified, according to Shelgren. “We were running down leads last night, and detectives and officers are working on it now,” Shelgren said. “They talked with the victim’s family last night and talked to potential witnesses. There’s nothing firm on the suspect.” When asked if the stabbing was gang-related, Shelgren said police are “investigating that possibility.” Robbery was not involved in the stabbing, according to Shelgren, who also said police “don’t believe the stabbing was gang-related.” It’s not known if the 17-year-old knew his attacker, Shelgren said. “We don’t know if he does or not, we haven’t been able to talk with him in-depthly,” Shelgren said. “We haven’t had much contact with him because of his injuries.” The victim is not a student at Lincoln High School. The News Messenger asked Shelgren if residents in the 3rd and R Street neighborhood should be worried. “I don’t think this is something that I believe was a random deal. We think it may have been targeted,” Shelgren said. “It’s possibly a gang-related incident. We don’t know that yet.”