"He has a past criminal record", Jang told reporters at the scene of the crime. But at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, North Vancouver RCMP took a suspect - a man in his 20s - into custody after the stabbings.
A police personnel speaks on the phone at the Lynn Valley Main Library, where police said multiple people were stabbed by a suspect who was later taken into custody in the Lynn Valley neighbourhood of North Vancouver March 27, 2021.
Mounties said victims were stabbed within and outside the Lynn Valley Library.
A man was arrested shortly after the incident at Lynn Valley Village shopping centre in North Vancouver Saturday afternoon.
Sgt. Frank Jang of the IHIT - which serves 28 RCMP and four municipal police communities in British Columbia - said key to the case will be establishing a motive for the attack.
A suspect is in custody and RCMP say there is no ongoing threat to the public.
Steve Mossop and his partner stopped when they saw a woman who was covered in blood while they were driving on Lynn Valley Road next to the library.
One woman in her late twenties succumbed to her injuries, police said, and the other victims were taken to hospital for "non-life threatening" care. "A random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time".
People console one another at a makeshift memorial outside of the Lynn Valley public library
"I think this just so illustrates how much of a community we are", Chant said.
"It seemed like he was just running in a direction, whoever was in his path happened to be victimised, " Mossop said of the attacker. We ran all the way to the mall'.
"There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom".
Eleven ambulances reported to the scene, plus two additional emergency vehicles, at the first reports of the stabbings.
"Our thoughts are certainly with the families, and the victims, because this is going to be a very challenging time - not just for the families of the victims that died, but also the family members and the victims who are struggling right now to recover from this terrible incident". "Lynn Valley Library is a peaceful place".
Following the horrific incident, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared a statement, saying his "heart is in North Vancouver". 'Know that all Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured'.
The attack occurred in the early afternoon and investigators appealed for witnesses, especially those who had shot videos that were later posted on social media.
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