One dead in Vancouver-area stabbing spree

Six people taken to hospital after multiple stabbings in North Vancouver

At Least Six People Reportedly Hospitalized After Stabbing Attack in North Vancouver

Police have continued to look for additional victims.

A woman is dead and six others have been injured in a stabbing attack inside and around a library on Saturday in North Vancouver, B.C.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Sunday that Yannick Bandaogo is in police custody after undergoing surgery for self-inflicted wounds.

Police said the suspect's background, history in British Columbia and relationship to the victims, if any, were still being determined. "Obviously, the question is why did this happen", Jang indicated that the suspect was later detained following the brutal attack.

"We believe we have the lone suspect in custody..."

Andrew Cocking, who lives 500 meters (about a quarter-mile) from the library, told AFP the area where the attack took place was generally very quiet. "That is going to be the Number 1 question for us".

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. He said they thought she'd been in a vehicle accident, but she told them she'd just been stabbed by a man.

People console one another at a makeshift memorial outside of the Lynn Valley public library
People console one another at a makeshift memorial outside of the Lynn Valley public library

"So we stopped to assist her bleeding and quite in a state and she said the guy just attacked me and pointing in the direction, and my partner saw the guy walk by our auto but we didn't put two together as far as who he was".

"There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom. A random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time".

"After he did the stabbings by the library, essentially chaos ensued; I saw his standoff with police, he fled the scene and the police started chasing him, cornered him, and brought him to the ground. Until today, it was unimaginable that such a senseless act of violence could have occurred in the very heart of it", it continues.

Jonathan Wilkinson, the MP for North Vancouver who is also Canada's environment minister, issued a statement on Twitter saying the "horrific incident" at the library left him "shocked and shaken".

"Every little thing is important on this one".

Witnesses working and shopping in the area described locking themselves inside a shop and phoning 911, seeing the suspect being taken down by what appeared to be rubber bullets and looking on in horror as he wielded a large knife.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2021.

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