One dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library

One dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library

(Original Story: March 28 @ 12:15 pm): A person is dead and multiple others are injured following a stabbing at a North Vancouver library on Saturday.

The assault happened during the afternoon and investigators appealed for witnesses and evidence, especially those who captured the moment and later posted the videos on social media.

"Certainly on behalf of residents I send our very best wishes to the victims and their families, who were just out on their regular Saturday business".

According to reports on Saturday, witnesses said the man appeared to attack anyone who simply crossed his path. The suspect was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery for self-inflicted injuries.

Sgt. Frank Jang of the IHIT - which serves 28 RCMP and four municipal police communities in British Columbia - said key to the case will be establishing a motive for the attack.

They added that the suspect had a past criminal record.

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On Sunday, a steady stream of visitors placed hundreds of bouquets of flowers, candles and handmade cards at a makeshift memorial outside the library. Police cars and yellow police tape remained on scene. In 2019, North Vancouver was ranked 10th on Maclean's magazine list of the richest Canadian communities with an average household net worth of almost C$2 million.

"It was quite shocking because everyone looked quite scared", she said.

"Lynn Valley's already had such a rough year with COVID-19; we're two blocks from where the COVID centre was when it came to Canada", he said, in reference to the Lynn Valley Care Centre that the coronavirus swept through last March, taking the first life in Canada from the disease.

He said people brought tea towels and other supplies, including a first aid kit, to the library.

Ethan Jackson, who works at a dental office nearby, described hearing a woman scream then seeing a man lying on the ground outside covering his face, surrounded by blood. "But no one did anything to him".

"We share the community's grief and outrage", said Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani, Officer-in-Charge of the North Vancouver RCMP.

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