Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying a young man who wounded a teenager so badly during a fight an East County neighborhood that the victim is not expected to survive.

The assailant stabbed 17-year-old Jeffrey Quirino during an altercation in the 8900 block of Delrose Avenue in Spring Valley about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s officials.

A passing motorist spotted the gravely injured boy and took him to a hospital, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said. The victim remained in critical condition this afternoon with a poor prognosis for survival.

Investigators have no detailed description of the assailant, who appeared to be in his early 20s. The reason for the fight remains unclear.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

–City News Service