Toronto stabbing: ‘Random attack’ injures man leaving him fighting for life

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are reviewing security video in the hopes of identifying the suspect

A man has been taken to hospital after he was stabbed multiple times and left lying on the street in Toronto.

The victim was unresponsive when police arrived at Victoria and Carlton streets.

Police are calling the attack “a random attack” and say they are reviewing footage from police cameras in the area to help identify the suspect.

Meanwhile, as Toronto has been targeted by dozens of people who have used a suspect’s backpack to commit suicide, social media users are sharing theories.

Authorities have declined to comment on the likelihood of a link, but police say there have been no additional incidents since Thursday.

They are urging people to remain cautious following the incident which has occurred a few hours before rush hour.

Toronto police say on Saturday evening that the injured man was undergoing surgery but they do not know if he will survive.

“In a city like Toronto where crime is so high, we hope that this incident will bring awareness to a lot of the violence we are experiencing and hopefully will prevent any others,” Constable David Hopkinson told a news conference.

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The incident occurred as the man was walking through Toronto’s downtown east side with a female companion.

After making their way to the middle of the street, the man was approached by the attacker who is said to have had a knife.

The suspect chased the victim down, attacked him and then fled on foot.

The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but was later upgraded to serious but stable condition.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police are asking people to remain vigilant in the wake of the incident

A concerned witness said he saw a man stabbing another male in the area.

“He cut him with a knife and then let him go,” Diona Clark told CTV News.

The attacker is described as approximately six foot tall, weighing around 220 pounds (100kg) and was wearing dark clothes.

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