Toronto stabbing: Knife-fight a ‘fight’ not a ‘stabbing’

Image copyright Google Images Image caption Other people appeared to be waiting on the pavement in the busy intersection where the attack took place

One man is in hospital after being stabbed multiple times in the head and abdomen by another man in downtown Toronto.

Both men were apparently stabbing at each other in the busy intersection of Bathurst Street and King Street on Thursday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said there were some “super cool” kids talking on their phones and watching as the confrontation started and then escalated.

Witnesses took out their phones to film the scenes.

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And witness Melvin Sherrard told CBC News: “I’m thinking I’m just going to have to walk away, but he attacked another guy. That was very unprovoked, he didn’t do anything to nobody, he just came out of nowhere.”

In one video, the fight can be seen unfolding in front of pedestrians, and the attacker is heard shouting obscenities in the direction of a number of people who are attempting to call police.

According to police, a witness reported that the suspect ran towards the fire truck which had arrived at the scene and tried to get inside.

When confronted by the firefighters, the suspect then smashed a glass window and took out a knife.

“It was just a fight,” another witness said. “I don’t know what it was about.”

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The attacker appears to be back in view in another video, as the fire truck moves to make its way along the street.

“Just cause we’re beating up on each other doesn’t mean we don’t love each other,” the attacker shouts to his companion.

“Me and my brother don’t care. It’s only us against them.”

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Both men were transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the Toronto Police Service.

In Toronto, social media users identified the attackers as cousins of the Toronto Argonauts football player Andre Durie. Mr Durie’s two cousins were arrested after the attack.

In a statement posted on the Toronto Argonauts’ website, Mr Durie said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear of the incident.

“My two cousins have been unjustly charged with criminal charges,” he said.

“It is a matter of first impression, but I can assure you that I absolutely know these young men in their more sinister moments and I’m confident that the truth will prevail.”

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