Five knifed by group of men in five different attacks

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A hazardous materials worker, who asked not to be identified, cleans up large pools of blood near where a woman was murdered early yesterday at 17th Ave and 11 St. S.W.

One woman is dead after a random stabbing spree early yesterday morning that saw five people knifed — all by the same group of men.

Five innocent bystanders, three men and two women, were attacked between 4 a.m. and just after 5 a.m., with the first of the savage attacks being fatal for a 21-year-old female.

Major Crimes Unit Acting Sgt. Patty McCallum said the attacks appear to be random in nature and none of the five victims knew each other or the attackers, who she described as a group of three of four black males.

“It’s highly unusual to have this many stabbings this close to one another, so while we’re not ruling out there may be more than one perpetrator, we believe they were committed by the same people,” McCallum told reporters.

The first incident began at about 4:10 a.m. when police were called to the corner of 17th Ave. and 11th St. S.W. and found a 21-year-old woman had been stabbed. She was transported to Foothills hospital, where she later died.

Trails of blood could be seen leading from the alley through a liquor store parking lot to a bench at the northeast corner of the crime scene where there were pools of blood so large that hazardous materials workers were called in to clean them up.

Nine minutes later, at 4:19 a.m., police were called to 15 Ave. and 2 St. S.W. for reports of a second stabbing. A 21-year-old male suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound at that location.

Then, at 4:32 a.m., officers responded to a third stabbing at 16 Ave. and 2nd St. N.E where they found a 42-year-old man had been stabbed.

Just nine minutes after that call, cops were summoned to the 4400 block of Centre St. N. where they found a 43-year-old male suffering a non-life-threatening stab wound.

At the final bloody scene attended at 5:15 a.m., officers found a 23-year-old woman with numerous slash and stab wounds at 44 St. and 21 Ave. S.E.

Police say similar descriptions of the suspects were given at all five crime scenes, and cops are now looking for three to four black males between the ages of 20 and 30.

They were believed to be driving a light-coloured, possibly silver or beige newer-model import sedan at the time of yesterday’s attacks.

“We don’t think the public is at risk, but people should always be aware of their surroundings when they are out and about,” McCallum said.

Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information to call 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477.)

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Timeline and locations of yesterday morning’s stabbing spree:

  1. 4:10 a.m. — 17th Ave. and 11 St. S.W.

  2. 4:19 a.m. — 15th Ave. and 2 St. S.W.

  3. 4:32 a.m. — 16th Ave. and 2nd St. N.E.

  4. 4:41 a.m. — 4400 block of Centre Street North.

  5. 5:16 a.m. — 44 St. and 21 Ave. S.E.

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