Teen stabbed in Woodstock in critical condition

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WOODSTOCK, Ill. — A 19-year-old high school student was critically wounded Friday afternoon in a self-defense stabbing spurred by a previous after-school fight at a church parking lot in northwest suburban Woodstock, officials said.

About 3:43 p.m. Friday, Woodstock officers and paramedics were called to the 200 block of South Madison Street and found a man in a front yard with a stab wound to the groin, officials said in a news release.

The man was taken by Flight for Life to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, the release said.

Police said the man was stabbed during a fight at a residence, which was spurred by a previous fight among high school students. That fight happened after school at a church parking located at Hayward and Calhoun streets in Woodstock, police said.

The teens involved in the parking lot fight were not directly involved in the stabbing on Madison Street, but all of the teens are high school students at Woodstock schools in District 200, the release said.

Police are still investigating, but believe the stabbing happened in self-defense. As of Saturday afternoon, no one had been charged.

–Chicago Tribune staff report