Person of interest sought in stabbing

OBSERVER Photo. A city police vehicle passes by the football field of Dunkirk High School on Thursday afternoon.

Less than 24 hours after a stabbing incident on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue, a police presence was evident at Dunkirk High School.

At least four marked cars could be seen at the facility during dismissal at 3 p.m. Thursday. Two of the cars were visibly parked in lots while others patrolled on side streets.

This was not just another day at the school — or the community. A teenage girl was severely stabbed in the neck area after an incident around 4 p.m. Wednesday on Lincoln Avenue. The stabbing occurred after an apparent confrontation between the victim and another older teenager. The person responsible for the stabbing, however, is alleged to have been an adult female.

While social media reports ran rampant on the condition of the injured individual — many of them noting she had died — other community members were keeping all those associated with the events in their prayers.

As of Thursday afternoon, there was no further report to the OBSERVER regarding the victim’s condition, but in a statement made, Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano said that the police “had worked late into the night, but that the detectives do have a person of interest in the case and they’re currently out looking for her right now.”

After school, a number of educators indicated it had been a “tough day” but referred all comments to Superintendent Dr. James Tracy. After 3 p.m., the superintendent was reportedly in meetings for most of the afternoon.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, according to police. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on the incident can call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or they can leave an anonymous tip on the department’s tip line at 363-0313. All calls will be kept confidential.

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