A fight between three men at the corner of Granville and Georgia streets Monday night has turned into the City of Vancouver’s first homicide of the year.
Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham said a 28-year-old man was found unconscious suffering from a life-threatening stab wound on the busy downtown corner around 11 p.m. Sunday.
The man was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries around 2 a.m.
“It looks like it was a fight between these three men which resulted in someone dying from his injuries,” said Vancouver police spokesperson Sgt. Randy Fincham. “The other two men are in police custody”
Fincham said witnesses helped police track two suspects who are expected to be charged Monday afternoon.
Police have yet to release the names of the victim or suspects as the VPD’s Major Crimes Section continues to investigate what happened.
The stabbing comes on the heels of another stabbing nearby at the corner of Davie and Hamilton streets early Sunday morning that saw two men attacked over a fight for a cab.
The suspect in that particular case is expected to be charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.
“These happen fairly infrequently. Both are isolated incidents. We don't think they're connected to each other in any way, shape or form, but we will have officers in those areas to minimize impact,” Fincham said.
People in the area Monday morning said the incidents, while scary, do not change their view of safety in the Granville entertainment district.
“Every city has its issues and this is the first time I’ve heard of stabbings on Granville in the last little while,” said Ruslan Tracz, who lives and works in the area. “I’m not particularly concerned, you just need to be aware of your surroundings.”
Many point to the large amounts of people in the area on a busy Friday night, saying it is much like any city with a large entertainment district.
"Places aren't really that dangerous, especially Granville. It's always full of people,” said Andrew Field while waiting for a bus on Granville St.