2 dead, 5 injured following "random" stabbing attack in Quebec City

Nov 1 2020, 7:45 am

A 24-year-old man was arrested early on Sunday morning in Quebec City after two people were fatally stabbed and five more were injured in a “random” attack.

According to Quebec City police, the man was dressed in a medieval outfit, wielding a large Japanese sword.

Police were called to the area of the old town area of the province’s capital before 10:30 pm on Halloween night and found victims in four locations, near the historic Château Frontenac hotel, close to du Trésor Street, and on des Remparts Street.

After a nearly three-hour manhunt, the 24-year-old — whose name wasn’t released — was arrested just before 1 am, a kilometre north of the city’s Old Port.

In a news conference on Sunday morning, Quebec City Police Chief Robert Pigeon said the suspect is from Montreal and came to Quebec City with the “intention of doing the most damage possible.”

The police chief believes he chose his victims at random and suspects the crimes were premeditated.

Two victims have been confirmed dead and five others were rushed to hospital with “varying levels of injury.” Pigeon says none of the five injured are in critical condition and expects them all to make full recoveries.

At just after 4 am on Sunday morning, Quebec City police tweeted that the situation was “under control.”

Quebec Premier François Legault tweeted on Sunday morning that the province is “waking up after a night of horror. I am failing to find words to describe the tragedy. I offer my condolences to the loved ones of the victims.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a response to what he called a “horrific attack.”

Quebec City Mayor ​Régis Labeaume referenced the January 2017 mosque shooting that left six people dead and called the events both “terrifying” and “impossible to understand.”

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