Police on Sunday stated that an attacker armed with a knife stabbed and killed one lady and injured one other six others at a library within the Canadian metropolis of Vancouver on Saturday.
Though the motive for the assault was not instantly clear, police stated that they had arrested a suspect who had a felony report and was believed to have acted on his personal.
The suspect was anticipated to be questioned by detectives later within the night.
“We all know, we consider we all know, the who, the what, the the place, and the when. It’s our job now to find out the why,” stated Sergeant Frank Jang of the Vancouver police division.
“We haven´t spoken with him but, however our suspect has had police interactions up to now. He has a previous felony report,” Jang instructed reporters on the scene of the crime.
The stabbings occurred within the afternoon in and close to the library in an upscale neighborhood of the Pacific coast metropolis.
Andrew Cocking, who lives 500 meters (a couple of quarter-mile) from the library, instructed AFP the realm the place the assault occurred was usually very quiet.
“I noticed folks getting tended to by paramedics, they have been being given first support subsequent to a automobile and in addition subsequent to a restaurant, and pulled away on stretchers,” he stated.
“It was fairly unhappy, particularly as a result of apparently one in all them was a toddler,” he stated, including that his father was on the library simply 30 minutes earlier than the assault.
The CTV community broadcast a video apparently exhibiting the arrest of the suspect, who appeared to stab himself within the leg earlier than collapsing and being detained by a number of cops.
Witness Sheila Dyson instructed CTV she noticed a person stab a girl. There didn’t appear to be any connection between them, with the attacker showing to strike randomly, she stated.
Justin Prasad, one other witness who works throughout the road from the scene of the assault, stated he was shocked by what had occurred.
“It´s surprising, for me, it was powerful to see and hard to cope with,” Prasad instructed AFP.
“After he did the stabbings by the library, basically chaos ensued; I noticed his standoff with police, he fled the scene and the police began chasing him, cornered him, and introduced him to the bottom.
“It was form of surreal, particularly the truth that it was fully random — now that one particular person has died, it´s actually hitting house. This neighborhood itself is so quiet, you wouldn´t suppose one thing like this is able to occur there.”
The native member of parliament stated the scene of the assault was a centerpiece of the area people.
“This library has been a safe place for households to assemble within the Lynn Valley neighborhood for years. Till at this time, it was unimaginable that such a mindless act of violence may have occurred within the very coronary heart of it,” stated Jonathan Wilkinson.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences to these affected, saying: “My coronary heart is in North Vancouver tonight.”
“To everybody affected by this violent incident in Lynn Valley, know that each one Canadians are retaining you in our ideas and wishing a speedy restoration to the injured.”