Oak Bay Police say a manhunt is underway after a violent incident on Tuesday morning.
Police confirm a 45-year old woman was attacked violently with what police described as an “edged weapon”.
The woman was rushed to hospital, and is currently recovering.
Rob Smith with Oak Bay Police says they’re still in the dark on the details of the incident.
“The motive of this attack is unknown, and all the while the woman is in surgery and recovering so we can’t talk to her. We have no idea if this was targeted or completely random.”
Smith says the attack took place in an area that is normally very peaceful.
“The house is in plain view of the beach, and the beach was being used by dog walkers and the early morning people that are always there. We’re hoping that somebody saw something out of the ordinary this morning and can contact us with information.”
Officers from the Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria police departments searched the scene, but could not find any sign of the weapon used.
The attack occurred after the victim confronted an intruder who broke into her home on Esplanade.
That intruder is described as a heavy-set male in his 20s, wearing a brown jacket, dark pants, and a baseball cap.
Two Oak Bay schools, Glenlyon Norfolk and Willows Elementary, were placed into hold and secure in reaction to the incident.
They were taken out of hold and secure short hours later.