Canada charges man for murder after fatal stabbing at North Vancouver library

Tanya Simon
March 29, 2021

"We were driving up Lynn Valley Road and we saw a woman that was covered in blood and waving her arms and we thought it was a auto accident", he says.

"I'm definitely grateful that we weren't in the middle of it", she said.

On Sunday morning, flowers were placed by citizens near the scene of the crime and a sign that reads "Lynn Valley Strong" was placed among them. Investigators said they're still trying to determine whether Bandaogo had any relationship with his alleged victims.

Police described the suspect as a man in his 20s who has had run-ins with the police before.

Sergeant Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said a suspect was in custody.

Susie Chant, member of the B.C. legislature for North Vancouver-Seymour, said she arrived at the scene shortly after paramedics on Saturday.

"I don't even know what to say because this is such a safe neighborhood".

North Vancouver is a mostly quiet and wealthy suburb with about 85,000 people on the north side of Burrard Inlet, Vancouver's primary port.

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Rylan Harvey, out shopping with his fiancée and mother on Saturday, said he watched as four people, their heads bandaged, were wheeled out of the library in stretchers.

Hailes estimates he arrived about a minute after the attacker left the lobby.

"Realizing he wasn't going to be able to intervene and stop a man with a knife on his own, he immediately began to back away and to call the attacker toward him".

According to reports on Saturday, witnesses said the man appeared to attack anyone who simply crossed his path.

Steve Mossop and his partner stopped when they saw a woman who was covered in blood while they were driving on Lynn Valley Road next to the library. She said she was scared to see officers approach the man with guns drawn, but that they showed restraint in their response.

"So we stopped to assist her bleeding and quite in a state and she said the guy just attacked me and pointing in the direction, and my partner saw the guy walk by our vehicle but we didn't put two together as far as who he was".

"There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom - a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time", Mossop said.

Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister tweeted, that "My heart is in North Vancouver tonight", he added, "Know that all Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured". "Until today, it was unimaginable that such a senseless act of violence could have occurred in the very heart of it".

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