Vancouver police are crediting the quick action of responding officers with saving four lives, amid a massive gang brawl in Yaletown on the weekend.
Police were called to the area of Hamilton and Helmken streets around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, where a group of nearly 20 men were fighting.
Investigators believe the men were part of two rival gangs, and that the fight had begun inside a business before spilling out into the streets.
Four men were stabbed in the mayhem, police said.
Members of the VPD’s Emergency Response Team provided emergency first aid until paramedics and firefighters arrived to take the men to hospital.
“There is no question that trained TEMS officers played a role in saving multiple lives.”
Police said seven people were arrested, but have since been released. No one has been charged, but the VPD expects to recommend charges to prosecutors when an investigation is complete.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam video to come forward.