Possible stabbing in Toronto leaves man in stable condition

TORONTO — A 19-year-old man was stabbed on a downtown Toronto street Saturday, and authorities said they were seeking a suspect, who police were holding in custody.

Ontario Provincial Police said officers responded to a stabbing Saturday afternoon in the area of Queen Street West and Broadview Avenue, near Nathan Phillips Square.

Police said the victim is in stable condition.

A police spokesman told The Associated Press the suspect is believed to be in his 20s. Police haven’t said whether the stabbing was random or targeted. The suspect may also have been injured, as some victims used their own knives to stab the suspect, said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Residents expressed concerns after an assault in the city’s downtown, which is a popular spot for the city’s younger crowd.

“This is a city of young people, this is not a city of violence. We’re out here having a good time, our kids are out here having a good time,” said Adam Trousdale, who was walking in the area with his young family. “It shouldn’t happen. I don’t want to go in my own home and worry about something like this happening to my kids.”

A representative from Health Canada said the department was on scene to begin assessing the man’s injuries.

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