Arriving officers found the victim with a wounded back. He notified police that around 10 p.m., a white Honda occupied by four Hispanic males ranging in age from 17 to 25 years old had pulled alongside him as he was walking in the area of Freedom Boulevard and Sydney Avenue, police said.
The victim told police that one of men asked him where he was from as another man exited the car from the rear passenger seat. The victim said he ignored the question and continued on his way as the group proceeded to shout gang slogans.
The victim said he then felt himself get stabbed in the back. As he began to run away, the suspects drove off toward Davis Avenue, the victim told police.
The boy was airlifted to a trauma center and is expected to survive, Lt. Darren Thompson said.
Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies and Watsonville police were unable to locate the suspects, but police are following leads this morning, Thompson said.
Police are asking anyone with information about this stabbing to call the Police Department's crime tip-line at (831) 724-3544 or the investigation bureau at (831) 768-3352.