A man suffered a puncture wound near his kidney in a fight outside of a city pub early yesterday, but the incident may not be the city’s second stabbing this week.
Although the man was seriously injured with a wound to his lower back, Ottawa Police yesterday could not yet say if the man was stabbed with a knife, or if the wound was caused by the victim falling on glass that was shattered as a result of the altercation.
“Police did attend a scene in the area where there was an altercation, but it hasn’t been determined if the injuries were from a knife,” Const. J.P. Vincelette said.
Paramedics characterized the wound as a stabbing in a release. Spokes-man J.P. Trottier said police might have a stricter definition of what constitutes a stabbing, but added that paramedics would not have released the information if it were self-inflicted, or accidental.
The altercation happened around 3 a.m. near Montreal Road and Bathgate Drive, near the Newfoundland Pub. Paramedics quickly stabilized the victim, age 18, before taking him to hospital where he remained yesterday in serious but stable condition.
The incident could be the third violent stabbing in the region this week.
On Monday, a 16-year-old boy died after being stabbed at T.R. Leger School in Cornwall. A boy, 17, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the incident.
Also, a 57-year-old man was stabbed 10 times in the head and torso on Sunday, on Daly Avenue in Sandy Hill. The 17-year-old male suspect is believed to have been known to the victim, though no arrests had been reported as of yesterday.