One woman was killed and five others were wounded in a stabbing at a public library located near a busy shopping area of a Vancouver suburb on Saturday afternoon. The violence happened in and around the Lynn Valley library branch in the suburb. ix people were taken to the hospital. “We have six victims who sustained stab wounds. We have a victim who has sadly succumbed to injuries. That victim is a woman,” police Sgt. Frank Jang said in a news conference. Police has the suspect in custody. The man is in his 20s. No further details of the victims were provided. It seems he had a criminal record. “My heart is in North Vancouver tonight,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. “Know that all Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.” North Vancouver a “quiet and idyllic place,” where violence is rare, with about 85,000 people on the north side of Burrard Inlet, Vancouver’s primary port.
Police continue to search for witnesses. Video from the scene appeared to show a man injuring himself with a knife before being taken into police custody. Officials didn’t have any information yet about a motive. Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair expressed shock and sadness over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”