July 2, 2014 12:00 pm

Canada Day stabbing kills 1 man, critically injures 2nd in Winnipeg

A man was stabbed dead and another critically injured on Main Street in Winnipeg on Canada Day as crowds prepared to watch the fireworks at The Forks.

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

WINNIPEG – A man was stabbed dead and another critically injured on Main Street near Broadway on Canada Day as crowds prepared to watch the fireworks nearby at The Forks.

The man died in hospital following the stabbing at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. A second man taken to the hospital at the same time remains in critical condition.

No arrests have been made, police said.

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“We had multiple units assigned in the area. In this case, officers were assigned down the street,” Winnipeg police Const. Eric Hofley said at a news conference on Wednesday morning.

The officers actually saw the altercation from across the street and went to intervene, but by the time they got through traffic, the person responsible had run off, Hofley said, calling it a “very quick altercation.”

Southbound Main Street was closed from Broadway to Assiniboine Avenue until 6 a.m. Wednesday, affecting traffic leaving one of the city’s biggest Canada Day events.

The fireworks display that ended the festivities at The Forks started at 11 p.m., with crowds of revellers leaving the attraction after the show.

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