One local young man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition after they were stabbed late Saturday night in what police are calling a gang-related altercation in northwestern Santa Maria.

Erick Alonso-Esquivel, 18, died during emergency surgery at Marian Medical Center, police said, and a 21-year-old local man had surgery but remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The second man’s name is not being revealed at this point to “protect the integrity of the investigation,” police said. They said he and Alonso-Esquivel are both “known gang members.”

According to police, officers responded about 10:15 p.m. Saturday to a report of a fight involving bats and knives in the 2400 block of North Easy Street but found no sign of a fight. However, about 25 minutes later, two men with “multiple stab wounds to the upper torso” were brought by private parties to the Marian emergency room.

In their investigation, officers said, they discovered that members from three Santa Maria gangs and a Lompoc gang all attended the same party Saturday night at a house in the 2400 block of North Easy Street.

According to police,   people began pushing each other in the house and continued outside until a fight broke out, “at which time both males were stabbed by suspected rival gang members.”

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Police have no one in custody in the case and are asking the public’s help with the investigation. They ask anyone with potentially useful information to call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-877-800-9100.

December 14, 2009

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