April 15, 2014 - 7:43pmUpdated: April 16, 2014 - 8:29am
Police take statements from witnesses after stabbing at Cornwall Centre. Photo by Andrew Shepherd/CJME.
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The Regina Police Service (RPS) confirm a "male youth" was arrested Tuesday evening after apparently stabbing at least four people as they shopped just before closing time.
As of Tuesday morning police said only one person remained in hospital with non life-threatening injuries, the rest were sent home last night.
"And then all of a sudden I heard people screaming in chaos and there was a bunch of people running all over," said Summer Pascal who was in the mall with her friend.
She said people were screaming for ambulances and the first thing she saw was one of the victims.
"He was lying down and he got up and his neck was just gushing blood," she said, "There was blood everywhere."
Pascal then saw police arrest the suspect and put him into a police car.
"He was my size, just a little kid. He just rolled up with a knife on a skateboard wearing a red rag over his face."
Tyler Jordan saw the suspect enter the mall and went back inside to see what the commotion was all about.
"We seen this kid come in and then we heard all the sirens so we came back and then the cops tackled him," he described.
The RPS statement indicates that a young man entered the mall via the south entrance off 11th Ave. near the Second Cup coffee shop just after 6 p.m., carrying a knife. The information officers have gathered so far states that the suspect attacked random people who were nearby; there is no known connection between him and the victims.
A pile of clothes left behind after a victim was treated. Photo by Andrew Shepherd/CJME.
Fortunately, two RPS officers were already in the mall as part of their regular downtown patrol. The RPS news release indicates they immediately ordered the youth to drop the knife; instead, he threw it at them. He was quickly taken into custody without incident. Thus far there is no indication why the suspect committed the attack.
Officers and witnesses were gathered around a mobile phone kiosk after the incident, the officers taking statements. Some people were visibly shaken and crying. The mall remains closed while the major crimes and forensic indentification units of the RPS investigate.