The San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) is investigating a stabbing in Spring Valley that left a 17-year old in the hospital on life support.
SDSO said Jeffrey Quirino’s injuries are so severe, he is not expected to survive.
On May 23rd, deputies from the Rancho San Diego Station responded to reports of a fight around 4:30 p.m. on the 8900 block of Delrose Avenue near Elkelton Boulevard.
Neighbors, who wished not to appear on camera, told NBC 7, that Sheriff's deputies have been called to that corner a number of times for underage drinking and fighting among the teenagers who hang out there.
According to SDSO, when deputies arrived on scene, they discovered someone had already transported Quirino to a local hospital.
No one else was at the scene.
Nearby where the incident took place, a sidewalk shrine is growing. Residents in the area, young and old, are dropping by to leave candles, flowers and cards.
Lieutenant Ken Nelson from the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail said they have not found weapon right now but they can confirm that Quirino was stabbed.
Nelson said the person who transported Quirino to the hospital did what he or she thought was best at the time.
However, he did advise waiting for emergency responders.
“Obviously we would ask that, not knowing what the situation is, with the abundance of caution, probably calling 911 and getting medical staff there that know exactly what hospital to take them to, as far as trauma care is involved would probably be the best way to go,” he said.
Quirino is still in the hospital, being treated for his injuries.
SDSO says they are not releasing any other information since the investigation is ongoing.
Nelson said right now, the investigation is focused on finding the suspect and any piece of information is valuable.
“We’re imploring to public to come forward with any information that they might have, however small that puzzle piece might be,” he said. “Because it just might be the piece of information that cracks open this case."
If you have any information, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.