Vancouver: One person lost his life while six others were left injured in a stabbing attack at inside and around a public library in an affluent Vancouver suburb, British Columbia, on Saturday, and the suspect, who apparently acted alone, was taken into custody, authorities said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said “multiple victims” were stabbed inside and outside the North Vancouver Library and that one suspect, who appears to be a lone attacker, is in police custody, the RCMP said on Twitter, adding that it was still looking for “potential additional victims.”
Sargent Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said a suspect in his 20s has been taken into custody. He said the man has had interactions with police in the past too. Jang said officials didn’t have any information yet about a motive.
Meanwhile, one witness, Steve Mossop, said he and his partner stopped in traffic when they saw a bloodied woman who told them she had just been stabbed. They then saw several victims within about 100m of each other, he said.
“There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mum — a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mossop said.
“It seemed like he was just running in a direction, whoever was in his path happened to be victimized,″ Mossop said of the attacker.
Taking to Twitter, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair expressed shock and sadness over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence”.