Boardwalk Stabbing Adds To Chaotic Memorial Day Weekend For Police On Jersey Shore

POINT PLEASANT, NJ - MAY 27: People walk along the boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach on the first weekend of New Jersey beaches re-opening to the public on May 27, 2013 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The region continues to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the coastline. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Police in Ocean City, New Jersey, are investigating a stabbing incident and another nearby beach town declared a state of emergency on Memorial Day weekend.

Police responded to the boardwalk Saturday evening to find that a 15-year-old male had been stabbed by an unknown male suspect. The individual was transported to an area hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

“As in recent years and in other shore towns, Ocean City experienced a number of issues related to large crowds of teens on the Boardwalk, fights, shoplifting and disorderly conduct during the start of Memorial Day weekend,” Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian said in a statement. “Our officers made multiple arrests last night.”

Further south, in the town of Wildwood,  police declared a state of emergency just after midnight Monday due to “numerous incidents of civil unrest.”

The violence comes as a shortage of lifeguards is prompting some municipalities to close or reduce operating hours for beaches and swimming pools as the weather heats up and people look for outdoor aquatic activities to cool down.

On Saturday, in Seaside Heights, N.J., visitors fled from that town’s boardwalk, along the Atlantic Ocean, following what sounded like gunshots. The source of the noise, police say, was a disturbance among kids, but a curfew was nevertheless impose on those younger than 18.

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