Winnipeg police are investigating two seperate stabbings that occurred Sunday night, one of which has prompted security changes at a downtown university campus.
In a statement released Monday morning, police say the first stabbing Sunday occurred around 9:55 p.m. when a 16-year-old male was walking near Ellice Avenue and McMicken Street, close to the University of Winnipeg.
The teen was reportedly accosted by a number of suspects before being stabbed. He was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Not long after that first incident, a 19-year-old male was stabbed nearby, in the 400 block of Graham Avenue. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Police say investigators “are pursuing the possibility that the (two) incidents are connected, however, this has not been confirmed.”
In response to the stabbing near the university, the third on or near campus in less than a week, school officials issued an “enhanced campus safety” notice to students and the greater campus community on Monday.
“Effective immediately, there will be a noticeable increase in security patrols as we have increased our guard complement by one third throughout the day and evening hours,” it stated.
The notice detailed how experienced guards will be stationed in high traffic areas to engage with visitors, and also announced that a “campus safety audit is being completed within the next few weeks,” which is expected to lead to “further security measures.”
Officials say no member of the community should try to chase or apprehend a suspect. Instead, the university advises calling police at 911 or campus security at 204-786-6666.
Students are also being urged to downlaod a campus safety app, which includes emergency contact numbers and a “friend walk” feature that shares a user’s location in real time.
As police are still investigating the downtown stabbings that occurred Sunday night, they ask anyone with information that could help investigators to call 204-986-6219.