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Alleged gang related stabbing

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Police are investigating after an overnight stabbing in Walla Walla sent one man to the hospital Wednesday night. The Walla Walla Police Department Gang Unit is actively looking for the suspects.

Just before midnight Wednesday night, police said a 20-year-old man was walking along the 200 Block of East Birch Street near Pioneer United Methodist Church when he was assaulted by a group of three men. Police say he was stabbed in the shoulder.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries and police say it was likely gang related.

"Usually our gang violence is just between rival gangs," said Tim Bennett of the Walla Walla Police Department. "Now we're seeing gang violence against people that are not involved in gangs at all."

Investigators believe the stabbing was gang related because the victim had been confronted earlier near Chestnut Street and Chase Avenue, about a half mile away.

The man had been spry painting over some gang graffiti in the area when a group of men told him to stop.

Walla Walla officers don't know if the two incidents Wednesday night were connected or if it was a coincidence.