A 13-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after he was struck in the head with a knife during a large fight at Gurnee Mills mall Saturday evening, police said.
The Gurnee Police Department and Gurnee Fire Department responded around 8:45 p.m. Saturday to the parking lot of Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema, 6144 Grand Avenue, for a report of a fight between several juveniles.
Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor said that initial reports also indicated a subject had a knife and a person was stabbed.
Officers arrived and located eight subjects involved in the altercation in the parking lot. One of the subjects, a 13-year-old boy, was bleeding from the head.
Gaylor said that another juvenile, who reportedly had a small knife, fled the scene before officers arrived. Witnesses stated he struck the boy in the head with the knife, causing the injury.
Paramedics treated the injured boy at the scene and he did not require further treatment at a hospital, Gaylor said.
“Through further investigation, officers learned that all of the people involved in the fight were acquaintances. This was an isolated event, and there was no threat to other patrons in the area,” Gaylor said.
Officers have identified the suspect in the case and are working to locate him.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gurnee Police Department at 847-599-7000. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Lake County Crime Stoppers at lakecountycrimestoppers.com or 847-662-2222.