Kelowna stabbing victim did not know suspected killer, RCMP say

A 38-year-old man has died in hospital after he was stabbed at the intersection of Harvey Avenue and Gordon Drive in Kelowna, B.C., on Monday night.

Police say they were called to the major intersection just east of the city’s downtown at 8:45 p.m. PT, after several people called 911.

The victim was taken to hospital but did not survive.

Police say they have a 22-year-old suspect in custody as the investigation continues.

Victim, suspect did not know each other

Cpl. Tammy Lobb says it is believed some kind of altercation happened between the two men that led to the stabbing, but that they did not know each other.

She also said having the stabbing occur in such a high-visibility region was worrying.

“It’s very concerning to us, especially [since] this incident happened at a quarter to nine in the evening,” she said.

“That’s a busy time in our community where there are several people out and about.”

Lobb says as second man — who came upon the encounter — received a minor injury and was taken to hospital and released.

Highway 97 was closed Monday night as police investigated but all lanes were reopened shortly after midnight.

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