Vancouver Police arrested seven people in connection with a stabbing in Yaletown that sent four people to hospital.
Police said quick action by police and Tactical Emergency Medical was instrumental in saving the lives of four victims.
The people who were arrested have been released with no charges. The investigation, however, is ongoing and charges are anticipated.
Police responded to a call of a large group of men fighting in the area of Hamilton and Helmcken streets just before 2:30 am on Sunday. The group of close to 20 men associated with two separate gangs from Metro Vancouver had an altercation inside a Yaletown establishment which spilled onto the street, police said.
Four men suffered stab wounds and were sent to hospital where one remains in serious condition.
“Without the quick action and officers being trained in TEMS this assault may have ended up being a homicide,” says Sergeant Aaron Roed, VPD. “There is no question that trained TEMS officers played a role in saving multiple lives.”
Detectives from the VPD Major Crime Section are requesting anyone who has cellphone video or is a witness to the violent assault to contact investigators.