Toronto police investigate ‘senseless’ stabbing in downtown district

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Police say 26-year-old struck victim in head with blunt object and stabbed him in the abdomen and buttocks

Toronto police are investigating an “unprovoked” stabbing in downtown Toronto that sent a man to hospital.

Four men who were near the 2100 block of King Street West when the attack happened on Saturday night were taken to hospital as a precaution.

“In the past, it is considered less likely that an occurrence of this nature would go to hospital,” Detective Paul Drucker said on Sunday morning.

Police said the 26-year-old victim was struck in the head with a blunt object and stabbed in the abdomen and buttocks. He has since been released from hospital.

The crime is being investigated as an “indisputably senseless assault” on an innocent bystander, Toronto police said.

Gladys Schantz, a Toronto community activist and president of the Don Valley Youth Collective, confirmed the attack happened in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. She said there have been more than 20 deaths in the last decade in the area where the stabbing occurred.

“We are a community in danger and we are losing our kids and young adults every single day,” she said.

Drucker said the situation is being investigated as an attempted murder but would not go into further detail. He said it did not appear as though the victim and the suspect knew each other.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s wearing a white baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto police.

In April, three men were shot to death in Toronto’s central business district in a span of 90 minutes, causing a temporary lockdown of both downtown buildings. One of the incidents saw a gunman fire one shot into a crowd of about 60 people and then flee in a car. The third shooting occurred at a boutique store at the Air Canada Centre.

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