Po­lice probe city’s ninth homi­cide of the year af­ter stab­bing

Two peo­ple rushed to hos­pi­tal, where one died, af­ter crews re­sponded to Up­per Went­worth shop­ping plaza

The Hamilton Spectator - - Front Page - NATALIE PAD­DON

One per­son is dead and an­other was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter a stab­bing on the Moun­tain Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Po­lice spokesper­son Jackie Pen­man con­firmed in­ves­ti­ga­tors were prob­ing Hamilton’s ninth homi­cide with scenes cor­doned off at more than one lo­ca­tion in the area of Up­per Went­worth Street and King­fisher Drive.

Pen­man de­clined to re­lease other de­tails about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the male vic­tim, who was taken to hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead, pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of next of kin.

Po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volves more than one scene, in­clud­ing a plaza across from CF Lime Ridge Mall, which was busy with hol­i­day shop­pers.

Of­fi­cers taped off the park­ing lot

be­side the plaza’s McDon­ald’s and across the street, which is King­fisher Drive.

Two cars and an un­oc­cu­pied am­bu­lance were in­side the po­lice tape on King­fisher: a red sedan and a white hatch­back that ap­peared to have blood smears on its hood.

The plaza also in­cludes busi­nesses like Sta­ples Canada and Toys R Us.

Not far from there, po­lice tape and cruis­ers blocked ac­cess to a paved walk­way at Pauline Johnson El­e­men­tary School on Hum­ming­bird Lane.

Ac­cess to ad­ja­cent Bruleville Park on Bobolink Road was also re­stricted.

It’s not clear how the sec­ond scene may be re­lated to the first on Up­per Went­worth or if there were other scenes in the area.

The call came in as a stab­bing at 970 Up­per Went­worth St. around 4:30 p.m., Hamilton para­medic Supt. David Thomp­son said.

From there, paramedics trans­ported two pa­tients to hos­pi­tal — one with life-threat­en­ing in­juries and the other in sta­ble con­di­tion, he said.

Thomp­son said he could not con­firm the age or gen­der of the pa­tients.

Last week, 53-year-old Michel Pilon, who was found dead in­side his east-end apart­ment, be­came the city’s eighth homi­cide vic­tim of the year.

Po­lice charged 55-year-old Ge­orge Opassi­nis in the Hamilton man’s death.

Pilon had just moved into Park­dale Land­ing, an as­sisted-liv­ing af­ford­able-hous­ing build­ing at Melvin and Park­dale av­enues.

DAVID RITCHIE, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMILTON SPEC­TA­TOR

Po­lice probe Up­per Went­worth scene.

DAVID RITCHIE SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMILTON SPEC­TA­TOR

One per­son has died fol­low­ing a stab­bing near Up­per Went­worth Street on Hamilton Moun­tain. Po­lice say the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volves more than one scene, in­clud­ing a paved walk­way at Pauline Johnson School.

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