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Winnipeg police are investigating a stabbing at an upscale downtown apartment building where two men were taken to hospital in unstable condition early Sunday.
Officers and paramedics responded to The Avenue building at 265 Portage Ave. shortly after 1 a.m.
Police said the victims – who didn’t live in the building – have since been upgraded to stable condition. No suspects are currently in custody.
Trails of blood could be seen inside the building leading from a fifth-floor unit out to the sidewalk, and there were bloody hand prints and blood spatters on one of the elevator doors.
As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, there were still three police cruisers at the scene, with police tape marking off a large swath of the north sidewalk on Portage Avenue between Smith Street and Garry Street. Firefighters were on scene mid-afternoon, washing away the pools and spatters of blood from the sidewalk with a fire hose and a broom.
Resident Laura Murray was shaken up by the incident.
“It was a little unsettling, honestly. I woke up this morning… came down and I was just little shocked, because it feels pretty safe down here,” Laura Murray said.
— with files from Erik Pindera