Victim suffers injuries after stabbing on Pandora Avenue in Victoria: police

Victim suffers injuries after stabbing on Pandora Avenue in Victoria: police
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A stretch of Pandora Avenue in Victoria is cordoned off with yellow tape following a stabbing, Monday, June 10, 2024.

Victoria police say one person suffered injuries after they were stabbed in the 900 block of Pandora Avenue Monday afternoon.

VicPD says officers were called to the scene around 4 p.m., and a photo posted to a Facebook group showed a section of the sidewalk in the 900 block cordoned off with yellow tape.

A police spokesperson tells CHEK News the victim was getting off a bus when the assault occurred.

“The victim was transported to hospital with injuries,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Police did not share any other details, including the extent of the victim’s injuries and whether or not it was a targeted incident.

This stabbing follows a string of other such incidents in Victoria in recent months.

On April 15, one person was taken to hospital, in the seventh stabbing since March 1, though VicPD said the rate of assault with a knife was “not significantly higher than most other years.”

Even with the stats remaining somewhat stagnant, VicPD chief Del Manak said his officers were noticing an uptick in people carrying weapons like knives.

Two of the seven stabbings reported earlier this year were fatal.

In April, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce held a safety summit panel with experts, including Manak, to discuss the rash of violence and crime. Mayor Marianne Alto has also raised concerns about the dangers in the area, calling the issues serious but not "terribly different than other years."

The stretch of Pandora where Monday's stabbing happened is notorious for campers.

On May 16, City of Victoria bylaw officers, accompanied by VicPD, took down tents and gathered belongings from homeless people. An estimated 40 to 50 tents were pitched there at the time.

Staff at Our Place Society told CHEK News the move came unannounced, while Alto said the work carried out by city staff was not unusual.


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