Police are searching for at least two suspects after the incident in downtown Toronto
Toronto police are searching for at least two suspects after a man was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries following an “unprovoked” stabbing incident in the city’s downtown core.
Toronto police said they were called at 1.20am on Monday to the intersection of King and John Streets where they found a 39-year-old man suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to hospital in serious but stable condition.
Toronto police (@TorontoPolice) #TPD is asking witnesses to this incident & those in the area between King and John Streets on Monday, May 13 at 1:20am, in relation to a stabbing to contact them. pic.twitter.com/2ZkwpmLyyU
The attack was in a high-crime area and a nearby police officer was responding to the assault, he added. No arrests have been made and police are treating the attack as attempted murder.
Chief Mark Saunders said he does not believe the victim or police know the suspect(s). “Once again, this is a result of an attack without provocation,” he said.
Social media users took to Twitter after the stabbing to call for better safety precautions around King Street in downtown Toronto, including increased security on public transit.
CBCNews (@CBCNews) Anonymous tipsters have contacted police saying at least two suspects are on the loose following this morning’s stabbing at King & John in Toronto.
We can’t confirm those details, but say that police have responded to multiple requests. https://t.co/T1nj7gY2JF
One man wrote to the TIFF headquarters located at 214 King Street to say his daughter was close to the scene of the crime. The man, who did not give his name, said he was scared about the violence and that his daughter was a few blocks away when the attack occurred.
“I’m seriously questioning my decision of choosing the Torontonians as my friend to move out of LA to move to Toronto,” he said. “He heard lots of gunshots and screams, and this dude [neighbour] chased him away and started yelling something like, ‘You faggot’ or ‘You piece of s**t,’ or some other sort of homophobic shit.”
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“I’m really pissed that a guy was walking around the area casually just hitting people and nobody stopped him. People should know how to defend themselves if they feel uncomfortable around people from whom they suspect are threats,” he said.
Saunders added: “Public safety, safety of pedestrians is incredibly important. It could be that people fear things, that people have nervous moments and our job is to keep them safe and to keep our citizens safe.”