09/17/2013 02:55 EDT | Updated 11/17/2013 05:12 EST

Vancouver police requesting attempted murder charges after boy stabbed in neck

VANCOUVER - A 17-year-old boy is in serious condition after being stabbed in the neck at a Vancouver schoolyard.

Police responded to reports of a fight and found the wounded teen, who was rushed to hospital, where he had surgery on Tuesday morning.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested, and the Vancouver Police Department says it will be requesting charges of attempted murder.

Investigators believe about 20 people were present when the stabbing occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, but many of them left before police could speak with them.

Police are asking anyone who saw what happened to contact them.