Two people were sent to hospital following a stabbing and shooting overnight Saturday in what Toronto Police say are acts of unrelated violence.
Around 7 p.m., Caribana – an annual Caribbean festival – was wrapping up at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds near Toronto's Liberty Village. That's when two men were injured – one on the ear, the other, on the torso – following a stabbing on Saskatchewan Boulevard and Manitoba Drive near the fountain on the grounds, Staff Sergeant Jeff Zammit of Division 14 told The Globe and Mail Sunday.
The other, a 23-year-old man, ran to a nearby Emergency Medical Services to report that he was stabbed. He was sent to hospital and is now in stable condition, Sgt. Zammit said.
It's still unclear what caused the stabbing as so many people were in the area and a large crowd had dispersed, "panicked" from the harrowing sound of a metal fence that fell in the moments surrounding the incident, the sergeant said.
Later, Toronto Police responded to College and Shaw Streets in Little Italy around 1 a.m. on Sunday.
There they found one victim, a 26-year-old male, who had been shot in the back.
Toronto Police say the shooting happened after a disagreement arose in front of Revival Bar on College and Shaw Streets. Although officers saw two people running from a parking lot in the area, they say they have not identified any suspects.
The victim is in stable condition, and Sgt. Zammit said the shooting victim is still in hospital. "He was in critical condition – he had to be rushed to emergency surgery," Sgt. Zammit said. He didn't know whether the stabbing victim was still in hospital or not.
"It was a busy night," the sergeant said, adding that the rest of the festival had gone "really well."
Last year, someone was stabbed at Caribana as well. A 14-year-old boy allegedly stabbed an 18-year-old man multiple times and the victim was sent to hospital in critical condition. The boy was charged with attempted murder.