2 boys hospitalized after being stabbed inside Fresno’s Fashion Fair Mall

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – Fresno police say two boys were stabbed inside Fashion Fair Mall on Saturday night.

The stabbings happened during a disturbance involving 12 to 15 people inside the mall near the JC Penney store just before 6:30 pm, police say.

One of the boys was found injured at the mall, and was transported to the Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC).

The other showed up at CRMC with a stab injury and claimed to have been involved in the mall incident.

Both are expected to recover.

Police have detained a man and are looking through surveillance video and searching for witnesses in their investigation.

They say the mall was not shut down and is safe for visitors.

The police department will be stepping up its presence inside and outside the mall during this weekend to ensure shoppers’ safety.

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer tweeted about the incident, saying he was ‘extremely disturbed’ by the increase in violence at the mall and that he would be working with Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama and Council Member Tyler Maxwell to develop a safety plan for the mall.

“People should be able to enjoy their shopping experience and not have to worry about these types of incidents,” he wrote.

Fashion Fair Mall has been the site of a number of violent incidents in the last two years.

One of the more high-profile incidents was a gang-related gunfight in April 2021 that sent shoppers fleeing in panic.

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Action News dug into the data and found that when it comes to actual crimes reported, Fashion Fair is averaging a little more than one crime per day since January 1 this year.

That includes nine weapons offenses.

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