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Man stabbed outside casino in downtown Nanaimo

22-year-old suffers serious but non-life-threatening injuries in incident Feb. 4
Emergency services were called to a report of an individual who was stabbed near the Great Canadian Casino in downtown Nanaimo on Sunday, Feb. 4. (Photo courtesy Kevan Shaw)

Police in Nanaimo are investigating a stabbing that sent one man to hospital with serious injuries.

Nanaimo RCMP and B.C. Ambulance were called to the Great Canadian Casino in downtown Nanaimo on Sunday, Feb. 4, shortly after 8:30 p.m., where they found a 22-year-old man suffering from several stab wounds.

“He was knocking at the back door of the casino. Two employees went to his assistance,” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson. “They did first aid and contacted [B.C. Emergency Health Services] … He was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.”

The victim said he was stabbed, but police had very little further information as of press time Monday, Feb. 5.

“We looked at some very grainy video footage,” O’Brien said. “We couldn’t see much other than there was a group of people in the area near him. We haven’t had a chance to speak with him yet, but we certainly will when he’s able to.”

Investigators’ next steps, said police, will be to look at security camera footage from other areas of the downtown core to establish the victim’s movements prior to the stabbing and to see what interactions he may have had with anyone, including the group of unknown people seen in the casino security camera footage.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information regarding it is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP detachment non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2024-3803.

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