Three people remain in hospital after a triple-stabbing Wednesday night in a home along the 1000 block of Ormonde Road in Qualicum Beach.
According to Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman, it was a “family-involved incident.”
All three people were said to have life-threatening injuries, but no update on their condition was provided by police.
A news release said Mounties were called to the scene at 7:19 p.m. responding to a 911 call for assistance. The caller indicated “multiple assaults with a weapon” were occurring inside the residence.
Police arrived at 7:25 p.m. and found three adults in the home suffering from “serious injuries.”
According to the release, an alleged 46-year-old suspect who sustained what are believed to be self-inflicted injuries was one of the people found inside.
Police said the suspect was arrested and taken into custody prior to being transported from the scene by ambulance under police guard.
The other two injured people, a 72-year-old woman and 76-year-old man, were rushed to hospital for medical treatment.
Police said one person was airlifted to the Lower Mainland, while the other two people were airlifted to Victoria.
Police confirmed “all three (people involved in the incident) were known to one another.”
Foreman said there is no threat to the public as this incident was “contained” within the home.
“I want the community to know nobody is at risk,” said Foreman, noting police are not looking for suspects. “Nobody is on the loose.”
In keeping with protocols that the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. be advised of any instance where police may have been present or engaged with an individual at a time where a serious injury occurred, the Oceanside RCMP notified the IIOBC on Wednesday.
Ormonde Road is in Qualicum Beach’s usually quiet Chartwell subdivision.
Cam Evans, who lives along Chartwell Boulevard, just off Ormonde Road where the incident occurred, said he started hearing sirens around 7:30 p.m. while out for a walk with his dog.
“It’s very unusual to hear that many sirens flying by at that time,” Evans said, describing Chartwell as a “quiet, residential area with mostly retirees.”
Kathleen Davies has lived in Chartwell for more than 10 years and said the community is shaken up.
“I think it’s tragic,” she said. “I didn’t know the people (involved in the incident) personally but I have friends who do… and they thought they were really nice people.”
She said Chartwell is a “very quiet” neighbourhood.
“It’s shocking,” she said. “Everyone feels it’s just a real tragedy.”
By Saturday morning the police tape cordoning off the Ormonde Road home was removed, but the streets often filled with dog walkers and cyclists remained unusually empty.