UPDATED: Stabbing victim rushed to hospital

 

A 19-year-old was stabbed and airlifted to hospital from Aldergrove following a violent confrontation on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident at the corner of 272nd Street and 32nd Avenue began while the victim and four others were in a car parked near the corner, apparently in a church parking lot.

Preliminary investigation by the Langley RCMP suggests that another car arrived, and one man got out. The new arrival smashed out a window in the victim’s vehicle, using a pipe or crowbar of some kind, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

The victim got out of his car and confronted the attacker.

The victim was stabbed in the back by the attacker. 

None of the other four individuals was hurt in the assault.

The suspect fled in his vehicle.

Numerous police vehicles, both marked and unmarked, along with Langley Township Fire Department crews and several ambulances, converged on the scene to provide aid and begin an investigation.

A BC Air Ambulance helicopter arrived to take the victim to hospital, taking off from the field at nearby Parkside Centennial Elementary, closed for spring break.

The victim is in serious but stable condition, according to Marks.

Police believe the people involved in the incident know each other, and all have some level of involvement in street-level drugs, said Marks.

The other four people who were in the victim’s car remained to talk to police, Marks said.

Investigators don’t believe the attacker is a threat to the general public.

“It’s targeted,” Marks said of the attack.

Police have a specific suspect in mind, a man from the Langley area, and as of Wednesday, they were actively looking for him.

The RCMP are currently trying to locate the suspect and are continuing their investigation.

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