One woman has died and more people have been injured after an apparent “random stabbing spree” took place at a Vancouver library.

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In a busy area of North Vancouver on Saturday afternoon, a “lone suspect” reportedly began stabbing people inside the Lynn Valley Library before moving outside.

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Global News reports it happened at around 1:45 p.m. on March 27, in an area of Vancouver that was full of weekend shoppers.

Eleven ambulances were deployed to the scene by B.C. Emergency Health Services.

One woman died from her injuries and six more people were taken to hospital in unknown condition.

North Vancouver RCMP

In a tweet on Saturday afternoon, North Vancouver RCMP confirmed one suspect had been arrested and multiple victims had been stabbed both in and outside the library.

Officials say the suspect appears to have acted alone and confirmed they are “still looking for potential additional victims.”

Sergeant Frank Jang from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed to Global News that the suspect was alive, following reports from the scene that the man was injuring himself with a knife.

The suspect is known to police and has a criminal record, although reports suggest his motive for the attack remains unclear. 

Police are asking any witnesses in the area at the time to contact officials immediately.

Justin Trudeau's response

Jonathan Wilkinson, MP for North Vancouver, shared a statement on the incident and said he was “shocked and shaken” by the news.

He described the attack as a “senseless act of violence” and shared well-wishes with everybody involved.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau retweeted Wilkinson’s message, adding, “My heart is in North Vancouver tonight.”

“To everyone affected by this violent incident in Lynn Valley, know that all Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured,” Trudeau wrote.

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