Boy, 16, Allegedly Stabbed Friend Because He Wasn't Invited to Sleepover, Faces Charges

Police in Whitman, Massachusetts arrested a boy Sunday evening after he allegedly stabbed another teenager.

The 16-year-old boys are thought to have argued online about a sleepover before the incident. Police said the victim had organized a sleepover, but didn't ask the suspect to attend, KTRK reported.

The alleged incident occurred at the victim's home, according to the statement. The suspect stabbed the victim at the corner of Belcher Drive and Washington Street, Police Chief Scott D Benton reported in a statement.

The victim was seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital Sunday evening. As of Monday, police thought the boy would survive his ordeal.

Officers charged the unnamed suspect with assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. He was scheduled to attend Brockton Juvenile Court.

Police continue to investigate the incident. Benton emphasized in the statement that "these are allegations," adding: "All suspects are innocent until proven guilty."

A spokesperson for the Whitman Police Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Elsewhere on Sunday evening, several teenagers were injured in a shooting at a graduation party in Philadelphia. A suspect opened fire "indiscriminately" at a crowd in the southwest of the Pennsylvania city, hitting two adults and four teenagers, according to police.

One adult, 24-year-old Isiaka Meite, died from a gunshot wound to his back. The other adult sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and survived. Three of the teens, all aged between 16, were shot in the legs. A fifteen-year-old boy was shot in the foot.

Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross said police officers were "ramping up patrols across the city" in the wake of a particularly violent weekend. He added police officers needed help when it came to "deeply disturbing" attacks like Sunday's shooting.

He told reporters: "If you only continue to ask us, we're never going to solve this issue. I mean, what you've got to get at is the hearts and minds of people who want to pull out a gun and fire at a group of sixty people. Incidents...like these ones are ones where we're going to need help."

Preliminary estimates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggest that violent crime was down 4.3 percent in the first six months of 2018, compared to the first half of 2017. In the northeast, that percent change was slightly higher at 4.7 percent.

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