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Police flooded Kensington Market Saturday afternoon, taking down at least two people at gunpoint only a day after the arrest of a man suspected of a stabbing in the downtown neighbourhood.

Bystanders said a running altercation started in Bellevue Square Park over a drug deal and then moved through the crowded market. At least one of the four men involved brandished a knife and his target at one point ran into an army surplus store, reportedly looking for a weapon with which to defend himself.

Police descended en masse, taking no chances after a stabbing last month at a drop-in centre in the market. Nicholas Dillion−Jack was arrested Friday in connection with that attack.

The incident Saturday brought at least 15 officers into the market. People in the area seemed unperturbed, though, and the market quickly returned to its normal rhythms.

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