Man slashed with machete, others injured in series of random attacks in downtown Calgary: police

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Calgary police say three people were injured in a series of attacks in the downtown area early Friday.

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Police said that after 3:15 a.m. a man called for help from the Four Street Seatrain station and said he had been stabbed. According to the police, he was taken to the hospital in a serious condition.

About half an hour later, police said a second person was found unconscious at a bus shelter on 6th Avenue and 1st Street SW. .

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Then, around 4 p.m., another man was found in the 1000 block of 6 Avenue SW, police said he had fainted and woke up a short time later. The man suffered minor injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

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The ages of the victims were not released by police.

“We are extremely concerned and officials across the city are working to locate the suspect and collect valuable evidence,” said Staff Sgt. Kurt Jacobs said in a media release after 9:30 a.m.

“At this time, we are determining if there are any other victims. We ask the public in the Downtown Corps for cooperation as we deal with a large police scene.

“We have not received any additional reports of violence, which indicate that the suspect is still actively attacking others,” the CPS said. “This is a complex investigation taking place over a large area of ​​the city and we will share additional information as soon as possible.”

Anthony Jacobs lived in the city for 10 years and still works there. He was in the area on Friday morning when the investigation was going on.

“I understand that the pandemic is going on. I think people have a lot of problems right now. I’m not blaming anyone – the city government – but I think we need to focus on what we can do to stop it,” he said.

“What can be done? I think this is the best time ever; we need to work together and find solutions.”

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He worries that if nothing is done, such a situation may happen again. He also worries that crime may deter people from coming to the city.

“It’s not acceptable to anyone. So let’s find a solution and work together.”

Officers remained on the scene Friday morning in the downtown core, along a five-block radius at an active police scene on 4th Street east of 1st Street SW.

The impact of the investigation is affecting the seattrain service, in many areas buses are running instead of trains. According to a tweet from Calgary Transit sent just before 4:30 a.m., trains are not serving the West, Northwest or Downtown cores

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Those going to Tuscany or 69th Street are asked to catch a shuttle bus on 6th Avenue. Transit users going to Saddletown or Somerset are asked to catch the bus on 9th Avenue.

Those taking both the red and blue lines at any LRT station in the northwest or west must head to the bus loop to catch the shuttle bus. According to Calgary Transit, shuttle buses will serve all stations between Tuscany and City Hall and 69th Street to City Hall.

Caitlyn Delacruz said the transit journey in the Corps was terrifying, but acknowledged that the service disruptions were necessary for the ongoing investigation.

“It was packed. It was hard to find any spots. Getting from Pinridge to the downtown core, it was a total nightmare.

Transit and road closures remain in effect at 9:30 am

Anyone with knowledge of attacks is asked to contact CPS at 403-266-1234. Anonymized information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Online.

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