Victoria Police are investigating after two men were taken to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries, following a confrontation in Centennial Square Sunday evening.
Police were called to the intersection of Government and Fisgard at 9:15 p.m. for a report that someone had been injured in a stabbing incident.
Officers arrived and provided medical aid to a man on scene who was suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
The man was transported to hospital by paramedics.
Five minutes later, at 9:20 p.m., police were called to a report of a second stabbing, this time in the 2000-block of Douglas St.
VicPD says the second stabbing was related to the first.
Victoria local Daniel Toye was driving northbound on Douglas at the time and was one of the first people on scene at the second stabbing.
“A car ahead of me stopped and changed lanes, and we saw this man lying in the street,” Toye says. “I rolled down the window and he said ‘please help me, I’ve been stabbed.'”
Toye pulled his vehicle up and turned on his hazard lights to protect the man from oncoming traffic.
“My only thought was to make sure nothing else happened to the guy.”
Toye says another bystander with knowledge of first aid stepped in to render medical assistance to the injured man, who was bleeding from multiples stab wounds.
“There was a pool of blood on the bus stop,” Toye says. “He was covered in blood, too.”
Officers responded to the second scene and provided medical aid to the man, who was suffering life-threatening injuries.
Dashcam footage shows the man on his hands and knees in the middle lane on Douglas Street.
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He was transported to hospital. Police say both men remain in hospital at this time.
VicPD says that they are still investigating the stabbings, which they believe are related. They say there is no risk to the wider public.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police at 250-995-7654, extension 1.
Those who wish to report information anonymously can contact Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.