WARMINGTON: Scarborough town center stabs in latest bloody trend

During the last hand-to-hand fight, in which three people were injured, a 14-year-old boy was detained.

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Another day, another stabbing.

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More youth will suffer. Young people have also been detained.

It was a nightmare in downtown Scarborough that left three people hospitalized with stab wounds. A typical Tuesday evening turned bloody after knives were drawn due to disagreements between two groups of young people. All hell broke loose very quickly.

“My son and I were just shopping for sneakers at the Scarborough Mall,” wrote bestselling author and speaker Amber Mack. “When we turned the corner at the mall, the guards started running and we were stopped by a large crowd.”

She told the Olx Praca that she witnessed a “quick response” from mall security who were able to keep the incident from getting worse.

“We were right on the trail of blood and helping someone,” she said.

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This traumatic incident took place around 6:30 pm in a very busy mall where people were shopping, having dinner or returning home from work and school.

Toronto police and mall security were able to get in, interrupt the melee and arrest one suspect, and coordinate with paramedics to help the injured.

“A 14-year-old boy was detained on the spot,” Const. Ed Parks said.

His colleague Konst. Alex Lee told reporters at the scene that “there was an altercation that resulted in three people being stabbed and stabbed.”

Later on Wednesday, police hope to update the public on the condition of the injured, but for now, all of them are expected to recover. Detectives are also investigating to determine what was behind the incident.

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“If you have been involved or have witnessed anything, we ask that you contact the police,” Parks said.

Police are also examining video evidence from CCTV cameras and mobile phones.

It’s just ridiculous, but it’s not the only stabbing incident this week. At Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute on Monday, Toronto police were investigating three people who mixed it outside a school. The student was injured and was taken to the hospital, where he is expected to recover. It is not known if hand-to-hand combat in downtown Scarborough is related.

On Tuesday at St. Marcellinus High School in Mississauga, two people were stabbed and a 15-year-old was arrested. There was also a recent stabbing at the TTC and several other calls.

While knife crimes don’t get the headlines like shootings, it’s important to remember just how deadly knives can be. In November, 15-year-old Maakhir Dosani was stabbed to death outside Victoria Park University Institute in North York.

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Maakhir Dosani, 15, Was Fatally Shot Outside Victoria Park University Institute On Tuesday 16 November 2021.
Maakhir Dosani, 15, was fatally shot outside Victoria Park University Institute on Tuesday 16 November 2021. Handout photo /Toronto Police Service

“My thoughts are with the family of 15-year-old Maakhir Dosani, who was fatally stabbed yesterday at Victoria Park College,” Prime Minister Doug Ford tweeted at the time. “Our schools need to be a safe place for all students.”

The prime minister is right, but the truth is that schools are not always safe places. No malls, no subway platforms.

The recent spike in violence is so disturbing that Mayor John Tory on CP24 on Wednesday morning said he spoke to Chief James Ramer about it and asked him if they were “connected in any way” and raised the issue of “the state of mental health of the youth” in connection with the pandemic.

Could the lack of carding and the ease of collateral have been contributing factors? Whatever the reason, it’s a worrying trend that continues.

Where will the next stabbing take place?

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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