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Security guard at construction site stabbed south of Nanaimo

Victim rushed to hospital following altercation over alleged illegal fire
RCMP forensic identification specialists prepare to investigate the scene were a security guard was stabbed near a gravel quarry south of Nanaimo Wednesday, March 15. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

One man has been rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after he was stabbed at a construction site near Ladysmith.

RCMP, Cranberry Volunteer Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance responded to the scene on the 1400 block of Timberlands Road shortly after noon when a security guard was stabbed, allegedly, over a dispute over an illegal fire with a person experiencing homelessness.

“There was actually two security guards [involved],” said Ron Gueulette, Cranberry fire chief. “One guy didn’t want to go in by himself, so he called for a backup and they both went in.”

Gueulette said when one of the security guards tried to take a photo of the alleged assailant’s vehicle, the suspect jumped out with a knife and attacked the two men.

Gueulette said the victim was rushed to hospital in Nanaimo, but he was conscious and talking when he was transported via ambulance.

It is not known if the suspect has been taken into custody, but Gueulette said there was a large police presence on Timberlands Road.

Vancouver Island District RCMP have not yet released information about the incident.

The story will be updated as information becomes available.

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RCMP forensic identification specialists probe the woods near a gravel quarry following a stabbing south of Nanaimo Wednesday, March 15. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

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