A teenager from Long Island was fatally stabbed to death in a mall near his high school when dozens of other students took their cell phones out to record melee rather than help, police said.
Khaseen Morris, a 16-year-old senior at Oceanside High School, was stabbed in the chest on Monday afternoon during an apparent dispute over a girl. He later died in a hospital after many of the 50 to 70 teenagers who had gathered nearby recorded the bloody attack and made no attempt to stop it.
"Children stood there and did not help Khaseen," said Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters, according to Newsday. "They'd rather be video, they video-captured his death instead of helping him."
Police are now looking for six to seven teenagers who were allegedly involved in the attack after interrogating witnesses and on social media Published videos, including Snapchat, as well as surveillance videos have checked from the nearby mall, said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick called for the killings on the site of the deadly assault, her Sharing Knowledge with the Detectives.
"Those In Charge If you are not involved in the killing of Khaseen Morris, now is the time to contact and to tell us who did it and why, "he told reporters. "If you just came and thought you were going to fight and then he was stabbed, you need to get out of it."
Fitzpatrick continued, "After handcuffing you, this ship sailed.
One of Morris's friends, a 17-year-old boy, was also injured during the attack and went to hospital with a broken arm.
Morris's sister told Newsday, the girl's ex-boyfriend, that he had brought home over the weekend I sent him "threatening messages", but he was not so worried and did not do it. I also do not intend to fight or run from one.
"Nobody knew he was going to get a million people out – and a knife," said Keyanna Morris.
A candlelight vigil was held on Morris on Tuesday and another is scheduled for Wednesday near a pizzeria where he was attacked. Those who want to participate should wear batik shirts and look "damn good," organizers said on Facebook.