Vancouver police have spoken out on a string of incidents that made for a particularly violent weekend in our city.
This weekend saw a woman sexually assaulted late Friday night, a man shot outside a school early Saturday morning, a seemingly random stabbing Saturday afternoon that sent one man to hospital, and a fatal stabbing in the Downtown Eastside Saturday afternoon.
Add to that a suspected arson at a seniors facility Sunday morning.
VPD Sgt. Randy Fincham says the events are unrelated.
“The stabbing on the Eaton St. appears completely unrelated to the shooting at Sexmith elementary. Definitely independent of the sexual assault on Oak St., completely isolated from the arson on Penticton street.
That factor being the one common thread between all of the weekend’s voilent incidents: no arrests have been made in any of the cases
We are learning more about what is now Vancouver’s second homicide of the year.
Fincham says the attack appears to have been targeted, but police have very little else to say about the incident.
All we know about the man for now is that he was 38, and known to police.
Fincham said an officer saw the fight on Hastings and Main, when he went to break it up he noticed one of the man had stab wounds.
But he says says no suspects were identified at the scene.
“My understanding is this is a fairly congested area, [a] very busy area, investigators are speaking to a number of witnesses that were in the area at the time that this happened.”
“[They’re] trying to determine what happened, what led up to this, why this man was targeted.”
Fincham says the sexual assault that took place Friday night is being investigated as the latest in a series of sexual assaults that have happened in the Oakridge area.
This would be the fourth that has happened in recent weeks.
“Certainly we are comparing what’s happened recently with what we’ve seen this past weekend and through February in the Oakridge area to see if there’s any connection between historical incidents as well, particularly in 2014.”
Meanwhile another assault that took place in that area by 12th Avenue and Oak Street earlier this month is not considered part of that investigation that saw the arrest of a 16-year-old boy.