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Seven people injured after mass stabbing at Vancouver apartment building

Police are seen outside a west end Vancouver apartment building after a mass stabbing.

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Six people have been taken to hospital after a stabbing at a West End apartment Thursday night, Vancouver police said.

A report of an incident drew police to the building at about 6:45 p.m. PST where they found seven people injured – six severely enough to warrant hospitalization, the VPD said in a statement.

Police arrested a suspect near the building. He was not immediately identified.

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Police have yet to disclose a possible motive in the incident.

The stabbings happened around the dinner hour at 1263 Barclay St. in Vancouver's West End.

The victims were taken to a number of hospitals. One victim is listed in very serious condition, five in serious but stable condition. Another victim was treated at the scene.

One police officer was injured during the arrest of the suspect. The officer was not believed to have been taken to hospital.

"When the police arrived on the scene, it was rather chaotic. There were multiple victims on multiple floors," said Sergeant Randy Fincham, media relations officer of the Vancouver Police Department .

Residents are being kept inside their suites in the building, as it remains a crime scene. The suspect was arrested inside one of the apartments in the building.

Police are looking at video from the building, as well as neighbouring buildings.

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"It's a very random attack. The suspect we believe is responsible is in police custody and will remain in custody tonight while investigators conduct their investigation," said Sgt. Fincham. "We will determine what happens in the morning."

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