This past weekend, several cities across North America dealt with mass violence and natural tragedies. Four were killed by floods in Nashville, eight were killed during shootings in Virginia and one person died from a mass stabbing incident in Canada. One person was killed and five more were injured after a male suspect attacked a crowd outside of a library in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday.
“We have six victims who sustained stab wounds. We have a victim who has sadly succumbed to injuries. That victim is a woman,” Sgt. Frank Jang told Reuters.
“We believe we have the lone suspect in custody. Obviously, the question is why did this happen.”
At this time, authorities have not shared the name of the suspect in custody. However, witnesses did indicate that the suspect may have attacked others at random.
“It seemed like he was just running in a direction, whoever was in his path happened to be victimized,? witness, Steve Mossop, told Reuters.
After learning of the violent attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a brief statement via Twitter.
“My heart is in North Vancouver tonight. To everyone affected by this violent incident in Lynn Valley, know that all Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured,” he tweeted.