Suspect on the run after incident in Rosedale neighbourhood during Friday morning rush hour
A man was rushed to hospital on Friday after he was stabbed during a crime in downtown Toronto.
Investigators have launched a murder investigation into the incident in Rosedale, a wealthy neighbourhood in Canada’s largest city.
Witnesses said the victim had just got out of his car and was holding his phone when the suspect approached, brandishing a knife and saying something to the man. Witnesses and the victim say the suspect then stabbed the man and fled on foot.
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Witnesses described the man as in his mid-20s and described the suspect as wearing a dark hoodie and black jeans.
A spokesman for Toronto police said: “The victim was rushed to a local hospital. His life is not in danger at this time.” The spokesman described the incident as an unprovoked attack.
Another witness, who wished to remain anonymous, told reporters she saw paramedics rushing in a “heavy procession” from the area. The body was later covered in a sheet, she said.
“There was a heavy procession of paramedics, police cars, their emergency equipment,” she said. “I did not see much after that. I saw a man very badly stabbed. I saw some police officers running to the scene. I only saw him a second or two ago … You could tell he had a lot of blood.”
Another witness, whom police identified as a city bus driver, said he had stopped to help the victim. The passenger in his bus had run from the scene, he said.
On Twitter, the police said they were asking anyone with information about the incident to call their homicide division.
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