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Man stabbed near Our Place won't tell police who did it

Nov 26 2011
Victoria police set up an investigation scene following a stabbing at Our Place on Pandora Avenue Friday afternoon. 

Victoria police set up an investigation scene following a stabbing at Our Place on Pandora Avenue Friday afternoon.

Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, timescolonist.com

A 23-year-old man was treated in hospital after a stabbing near the Our Place drop-in centre Friday.

Police received multiple 911 calls about 1:30 p.m. after the man, suffering from several stab wounds, sought help at the shelter at 919 Pandora Ave., said Victoria police spokesman Mike Tucker.

Shelter staff looked after the man until police and paramedics arrived.

The incident happened just after lunch and about 200 people were inside the shelter, but many dispersed when police arrived, Tucker said. "As you can imagine, it was a chaotic crime scene," he said.

Doug McLean, who uses the shelter, said he was in the courtyard and saw the victim with wounds to his abdomen, chest and arm.

McLean said the victim is called George and uses the shelter frequently.

"He said he didn't think his wounds were that serious," McLean said.

McLean said when police asked the man who stabbed him, he wouldn't tell them.

Tucker said the victim was taken to hospital and had "very superficial" stab wounds.

The victim is not co-operating with investigators, so police do not yet have a suspect, Tucker said. Police have not yet been able to confirm if the wounds stemmed from an assault.

Major crime detectives and forensic investigators were gathering evidence and police were looking for witnesses.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Det. Scott McGregor at 250-995-7402 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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