Dramatic video captures the moment when a mass stabbing suspect was wrestled to the ground by police after murdering a woman and injuring five others in a Vancouver library.
The attack took place in the early afternoon of Saturday at a public library near a busy shopping area of a Vancouver suburb, shocking residents of the normally quiet area.
The suspect apparently injured himself with the knife as the police approached him, video shows from bystanders.
“He cut himself, I’m going for the knife!” a policeman is heard shouting as the suspect falls to the ground and the police approaches him.
The stabbing suspect was caught on video by bystanders walking past the scene of an attack on Saturday afternoon in a library in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Officers surrounded the suspect and shouted ‘He cut himself’ as the suspect made a wild jump and then fell to the ground
Numerous officers swarmed the suspect and took him into custody after the stab attack
“We have six victims with stab wounds. We have a victim who unfortunately succumbed to injuries. That victim is a woman, ”Police Sergeant Frank Jang said at a press conference broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
“We think we have the only suspect in custody … The question is clear why this happened,” Jang told reporters standing in front of the library where the attack took place.
Video of the scene appeared to show a man injuring himself with a knife before being taken into police custody.
Although there was no report on his condition, Jang said the suspect has a criminal record.
A 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 100 yards of each other, he said.
“There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mother – a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mossop said.
“It seemed like he was just running in one direction, whoever was in his path happened to be a victim,” Mossop said of the attacker.
Police say ‘multiple victims’ were stabbed Saturday afternoon inside and outside Lynn Valley Library, North Vancouver
Emergency workers and their vehicles are seen on a road outside the Lynn Valley Main Library, where police said several people were stabbed by a suspect who was later taken into custody
First responders seen outside the Lynn Valley Library, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, after a stabbing in broad daylight on Saturday
“I was in the community room of the library and just outside, all of a sudden, we hear screams and everyone stopped and stared, everyone started running out the side door,” witness Mary Craver recalled. Worldwide news.
‘I just started running. We ran all the way to the mall. ‘
Ethan Jackson, who works at a nearby dental office, described hearing a woman screaming and then seeing a man lying on the floor covering his face, surrounded by blood.
Eleven ambulances reported on the scene, plus two additional emergency vehicles, at the first reports of the stabbings.
North Vancouver District Mayor Mike Little praised the emergency services’ “speedy action and excellent teamwork” and sent “our very best wishes to the victims and their families, who arrived just Saturday.”
RCMP members are seen outside the Lynn Valley Library, in North Vancouver
The police work after the attack on the crime scene. Witnesses say the mesman randomly attacked and stabbed anyone who came in his path as he walked around
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer speaks to a witness after the attack. Police say several victims have been stabbed inside and outside the library
Lynn Valley and the entire North Vancouver district are a close-knit, peaceful community. An incident like this is deeply troubling when it occurs in the community we love, ”said Little.
On Twitter, Canadian Public Security Secretary Bill Blair expressed his shock and grief over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”
“My heart is in North Vancouver tonight,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. “Know that all Canadians keep you in mind and wish a speedy recovery from the injured.”
Investigators called for witnesses to come forward, especially those who shot videos that were later posted on social media.