Vancouver: Vancouver police have said that a person has been charged with murder following a stabbing outside a downtown Starbucks on Sunday evening.  

The police are looking for additional witnesses to the incident. 

“We believe this homicide was witnessed by dozens of bystanders, and there may be people with information who have not yet come forward,” says Sergeant Steve Addison.

“We particularly want to hear from anyone who was present in the moments before the stabbing, or anyone who has cell-phone video of the incident,” he says in a press release issued by the Vancouver Department.

According to the police, the fatal stabbing occurred around 5:40 pm on Sunday, following a brief altercation between two men outside the Starbucks at West Pender and Granville Street.

“A Vancouver Police Department constable patrolling in the area was flagged down moments after the stabbing, and arrested the suspect at the crime scene. Additional VPD officers attempted to save the victim’s life by performing first aid, however he succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to hospital,” reads the press release. 

Paul Stanley Schmidt, 37, has been identified as the victim. He is Vancouver’s sixth homicide victim of 2023.

Inderdeep Singh Gosal, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Investigators do not believe the victim and suspect knew each other, however the circumstances that led up to the fatal stabbing remain under investigation.

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