Two people were hurt in a stabbing incident outside a pub near the Departure Bay ferry terminal on Wednesday night.
Police attended the scene near Miller’s Pub that night and found two men being treated by paramedics.
The victims were taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, where one of the men “had significant injuries and underwent surgery,” according to an RCMP press release.
“My understanding is that he’s still in hospital in stable condition,” said Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong on Friday.
The other victim was treated and released from hospital.
Witnesses were able to provide only a “brief, partial description” of an attacker, and it isn’t clear, Armstrong said, if there was more than one perpetrator.
Investigating officers believe they are dealing with a targeted act, and there was no apparent altercation leading up to the stabbing.
Armstrong said the victims are not co-operating with police, but said that doesn’t mean the RCMP will give the case any less attention.
“It just makes it more difficult,” she said. “We still continue with the investigation. It’s important for us to try and stop this from happening again.”