A man has died after a stabbing in downtown Nanaimo last night.
A patient died in hospital due to injuries sustained in the incident at about 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the parking lot at Port Place shopping centre, according to a press release from Nanaimo RCMP.
The man who was stabbed received emergency first aid from passersby, then first responders, and was transported to Nanaimo Regional Hospital where he died.
A man was arrested a short time later in connection with the stabbing.
“As the investigation is only in the preliminary stages, it is too early to say what, if any, relationship existed between the victim and suspect. Police can, though, say with confidence that they are not looking for any other suspects and there is no further risk to the public,” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson, in the release.
The mall parking lot was closed for several hours as investigators examined the scene and collected evidence.
Police are asking for motorists with dash cameras who were driving past Port Place Mall or through the mall parking lot between 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. that evening to contact the Nanaimo Serious Crime Unit.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dash cam video is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2023-2530.