WINNIPEG – Canada Day celebrations were again marred by violence in Winnipeg, with four people taken to hospital with stab wounds following two separate downtown altercations.
The violence erupted just after midnight, in what police believe was a gang-related fight at Earls on Main Street — leaving three men injured. One is listed in critical condition with stab wounds, while another is stable after surgery, and the status of the third is not known.
Police are also investigating a machete attack at The Forks.
A 17-year-old was stabbed in the upper body at about 8:30 p.m.
The youth is in hospital in stable condition and police are holding a Winnipeg man in custody in connection with the stabbing. Tyler Roussin, 20, is charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and two counts of failing to comply with the conditions of an undertaking.
A Facebook user posted a video Canada Day of a fight involving a machete that he wrote took place at The Forks.
As the camera starts rolling, you can see two people throwing punches. Then a third jumps into the fray, kicking a man on the ground before picking up a machete and slashing the victim across the back as the circle of people around them looks on.
WARNING: This video contains disturbing content. The video has been blurred due to the presence of minors.
WATCH: A man swings a machete in this video.
It’s the second year in a row that Canada Day was marred by violence in Winnipeg.
Last year, a 28-year-old woman was shot and killed on Donald Street, just off Broadway.
As well, two people were stabbed near the Via Rail station — not far from where Wednesday’s incident happened — leaving a 25-year-old man dead and another man in critical condition.