New Westminster stabbing under investigation for links to Lower Mainland gang conflict

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      An investigation is underway after a stabbing took place in New Westminster that could be related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.  

      Around 2 a.m. on May 29, police responded to a report about a stabbing on Columbia Street outside of the Columbia SkyTrain Station.

      Upon arrival at the scene, officers found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries. The injured man was taken to hospital.

      A search for the suspect was launched and involved members of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team and the Combined Special Enforcement Unit.

      Forensic investigators were called in, and police identified, located, and arrested a suspect: 26-year-old Murid Ghulam of New Westminster, who remains in custody.

      Ghulam has been charged with one count of attempted murder, and will appear in court on June 9.

      The NWPD stated that both Ghulam and the victim are associated with Lower Mainland gangs, but a motive behind this stabbing is yet to be confirmed.

      Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NWPD Major Crime Unit at 604-529-2430.

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