RCMP say Parksville stabbing 'not a random act'
A 34-year-old man was sent to hospital with a collapsed lung after what police are calling a targeted stabbing in Parksville at approximately 1.30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.
According to Oceanside RCMP, the victim, who is known to police, was walking along Corfield Street towards downtown Parksville when he was allegedly approached by two males in their late twenties to early thirties.
"This incident was not a random act," said Oceanside RCMP Sgt. Eric Rochette.
According to an RCMP press release, a confrontation ensued amongst the three men resulting in the victim being punched in the face and stabbed in the back. The victim fled the scene and flagged down a passing driver, who gave him a ride to a nearby gas station. The victim then returned to his residence and reported the incident to police.
The male was taken to hospital with a collapsed lung, but Mounties said they expect he will make a full recovery.
Police say the victim offered few details of the incident for their investigation.
RCMP would like to speak with the driver who reportedly picked up the victim.
Rochette said the public "should not be fearful to enjoy their community" as a result of this incident.
If you have any information about this crime, police ask that you call the Serious Crimes Section at the Oceanside RCMP, 250-248-6111, or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.