Linn County Metro

Marion police looking for stabbing suspect who prompted lockdown of schools

Victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, police say

MARION — Marion police are looking for a suspect in a Wednesday morning stabbing.

Lt. Scott Elam said officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday at 2055 Fifth Ave., No. 2. There, first responders found a 36-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. The man was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Elam said the suspect in the stabbing, later identified as 42-year-old Sean Hemphill, fled before authorities arrived on the scene. Due to the proximity to Marion High School, police contacted the Marion Independent School District and notified them of the incident.

All schools in the district went into lockdown procedures around 10 a.m. St. Joseph High School also went into a voluntary, partial lockdown at the same time. The lockdowns have since been lifted.

Elam said police are still searching for Hemphill.

Gazette reporter Molly Duffy contributed to this report.



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