TORONTO — A 27-year-old man was stabbed outside a restaurant in downtown Toronto on Tuesday evening, police said.
The man was taken to hospital, where he is in critical condition, said Toronto Police Constable David Hopkinson. He said no arrests have been made and no motive has been identified.
Witnesses told media they heard two or three gunshots before the man was found with stab wounds at the restaurant in the Merchant’s House area.
The downtown area, Toronto’s financial district, has seen a surge in the number of stabbing incidents in recent months. A man was stabbed to death in May, which prompted authorities to launch a campaign to find solutions to what police refer to as “knife violence.” More than two dozen people were stabbed at events around the city in the weeks after the city’s annual Pride Festival.
The stabbing victim was still on life support at Sunnybrook Medical Center as of Tuesday evening, said Andy Baker, director of communications for the organization.
Baker told CBC News in an interview that staff on the hospital’s emergency department staff were “completely shocked” by the incident.
A witness told CTV News that she heard two gunshots and then saw the man laying in the road. She then saw another man running away.
One of the restaurant’s employees, Patrick Drolet, told CTV News that the victim was “unprovoked” and “all he knew was that he was getting stabbed.”
“I saw it was just two guys in suits and stuff — they were like yelling that someone was getting stabbed,” Drolet said. “I thought they were actually going to arrest one of them.”
“I’m hoping he’s OK,” Drolet added. “As long as they catch the people that did it.”