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Washington zoo stabbing suspect in custody

By Kelly Marshall Smoot, CNN
  • Teenager at zoo suffers multiple injuries
  • Zoo police hold one person for D.C. officers

Washington (CNN) -- A youth was stabbed at the National Zoo Monday afternoon, and a person is in custody, officials told CNN.

Police responded to a call at 3:20 p.m. that a teenage male was stabbed multiple times but that he was breathing and able to answer some questions, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf said. In a statement, the zoo said that while the stabbing occurred inside the zoo, the victim then left zoo property.

The D.C. Fire Department took the victim to a hospital with serious or potentially life-threatening injuries.

According to zoo spokeswoman Jodi Legge, zoo police took one person into custody and was expected to turn that person over to the police.

The zoo was at capacity Monday, in part because of an annual Easter Monday African-American Family Celebration, a free event that draws large crowds. Because of the crowds, the zoo closed its gates to additional visitors.

Metcalf said the police were investigating reports there were multiple assailants, but Legge said they had no information about anyone else being involved.