A police officer puts up tape around the scene of a stabbing at the Village Shopping Centre in St. John’s Tuesday. A suspect is in custody. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
One man is in hospital and another is in police custody after a stabbing in front of the Village Shopping Centre around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Don Mackey was just leaving the Bank of Montreal when he spotted blood on the ground in front of the entrance to a clothing store in the shopping mall.
His first thought was that kids were playing with paint, but as he rounded the corner of the building — following a thin stream of red — he spotted a large middle-aged man, talking on his cellphone and bleeding from a deep gash in his arm.
Mackey says the man was tall — more than six feet tall— and the cut in his arm was at least an inch wide and so deep he could see the bone.
“I said ‘Buddy, you’re not good,’” Mackey said, explaining he next called 911. “He said, ‘Someone cut me.’”
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Mackey says the man was white faced, slid down the wall and lay down on the ground, while Mackey followed the instructions of the 911 operator, putting pressure on certain points on the arm to reduce the bleeding.
“Blood was just gushing and pooling,” he says. “There was no one around to help me.”
Mackey says the man told him a young man cut him. That the young man thought he was following him.
An ambulance and police soon showed up at the scene Mackey says and the bleeding man told officers that a man in a yellow shirt had cut him and taken off up Columbus Drive.
“I said ‘Buddy, you’re not good.' He said, ‘Someone cut me.’” Don Mackey
The man was then loaded into the back of the ambulance and taken to hospital, where officers say he was treated for serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
Mackey says he heard one of the officers say they arrested a man on Columbus Drive.
Police have confirmed they arrested a man, but have not yet laid charges against him.
Officers were not sure whether the two men were known to one another.
Meanwhile, forensics officers were at the scene for several hours, while other officers were climbing in and out of dumpsters and a K-9 unit walked the area up Columbus Drive, presumably looking for a weapon.
The major crime unit is continuing to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who might have information in relation to the assault to contact the Constabulary at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com