UPDATE: Teen stabbed twice near Water St. in Kelowna

A young man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital after being stabbed behind a bank in downtown Kelowna on Thursday night.

UPDATE: Kelowna RCMP say they are searching for a suspect following Thursday night’s stabbing in the downtown core.

The incident took place at 11:24 p.m., along the 200 block of Bernard Avenue, near Water Street.

Police say they were the first on scene and found an unconscious male in serious medical distress. They added he was rushed to hospital and is in critical condition.

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“The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit has assumed conduct over the investigation, which remains in its preliminary stages,” said Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“At this time, no arrests have been made, as police maintain the crime scene for examination, interview witnesses and canvass for video in the area.”

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, you are urged to call the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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A youth was taken to hospital after being stabbed in downtown Kelowna on Thursday night.

It happened in a covered parking area off Water St., behind the Bank of Montreal Branch on Bernard Ave., at around 11:20 p.m.

RCMP attend to a stabbing victim in downtown Kelowna on Thursday night.
RCMP attend to a stabbing victim in downtown Kelowna on Thursday night. Doris Maria Bregolisse / Global Okanagan

RCMP were seen and heard talking to a man lying on the ground behind the building, repeatedly calling him ‘Eli’ and asking him to continue breathing.

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Other people were sitting immediately around the young man, believed to be 17-years-old, surrounded by shopping carts and various belongings.

The man’s condition is unknown but RCMP told paramedics he had been stabbed twice.

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RCMP have not released information about the incident or the suspect.