No motive yet known for double stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

One student dies in attack and other is in stable condition in hospital

Members of the emergency response team enter Abbotsford Senior Secondary following a double stabbing.

Police have not yet been established a motive for a stabbing today at Abbotsford Senior Secondary that resulted in the death of one female student and injuries to another.

Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich said during a press conference on Tuesday night that it appears the suspect was not a student at the school and “it is possible he has no connection” to the two girls, although the investigation is still in its early stages and those details could change.

Rich said the suspect, whom he described as a “young man,” remains in custody and investigators are still trying to confirm his identity.

Rich said he extends his “sincerest condolences” to the families of both victims, whose names and ages are not being released at this time. He said the surviving victim is in stable condition in hospital.

“We are heartbroken for the family that has lost their daughter. Words can’t express. I’m so sorry,” he said.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has now taken over the investigation into both attacks.

The incident took place at about 2 p.m. today, when police were notified of an assault in progress at the high school, located on Bevan Avenue.

Police, fire and ambulance crews raced to the scene.

Rich said that when they arrived, they found that school staff had subdued the suspect, and students and staff were administering first aid to the two victims.

He said staff were to be credited for their rapid response.

“I believe that staff were so proactive and quick that further tragedies probably were prevented because of their actions,” Rich said.

He said the suspect was taken into custody about five minutes after the emergency call came in.

Rich said classes were in session at the time of the assault, and he didn’t know exactly where inside the school the two girls were attacked or whether they were together at the time, but they “weren’t a long distance apart from each other.”

Both girls were airlifted to hospital.

Both Abbotsford Senior Secondary and the neighbouring Abbotsford Middle School were locked down for about two hours after the attacks to enable members of the emergency response team to search the schools for any possible other suspects or victims. None were found.

Rich said Abbotsford Senior will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday) but counselling will be made available to students and staff.

He also addressed the posting on social media of a six-second video that allegedly shows footage of one of the victims being attacked.

“Out of respect for the family, we are asking that this video not be shared further and not be broadcast,” Rich said.

Anyone with information about the stabbings is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Photo below: Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich speaks at a press conference on Wednesday night at the Abbotsford Police Department.

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy Fire Rescue looking to replace old equipment

PHFR recently requested funding from the district for new SCBA equipment, citing a $35,000 cost.

Port Hardy council has sent a second cannabis application to LCRB for consideration

Port Hardy council voted in favour to have a cannabis application moved forward to LCRB.

Port Hardy water, sewer and garbage rates may go up

Water rates would increase by 2 per cent, garbage by 2.5 per cent, and sewer by 4 per cent.

VIDEO: North Island female minor hockey jamboree a big success story

“Success is measured by the smiles on the players’ faces, not by the scoreboard.”

FOLLOW-UP: Shelley Downey speaks on her Conservative candidacy

“I anticipate requesting a leave of absence from Port McNeill council,” Downey said.

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Bear cubs try to take Vancouver Island woman’s Christmas cookies

Incident happened in the early-morning hours today, Dec. 18, in Nanaimo

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

Most Read