North Vancouver RCMP and IHIT provide update on investigation into stabbing attack by suspect from Quebec

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      As the investigation into a stabbing of several people at a North Vancouver library on Saturday continues on, police held a news conference today to provide an update on the case.

      Around 1:40 p.m. on March 28, a male suspect stabbed seven individuals at the North Vancouver District Public Library (Lynn Valley branch).

      After officers arrived at the scene, they arrested 28-year-old Yannick Bandaogo and took him into custody.

      Today, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Insp. Michelle Tansey said that the investigation continues on and investigators are still trying to confirm the motive for this act.

      Tansey said that Bandaogo has a criminal record with a history of violence in Quebec and has outstanding warrants in Quebec and Winnipeg. She said investigators are still trying to determine why he came to North Vancouver, and added that it remains unknown when he arrived here.

      She also said that Bandaogo, who was charged with second-degree murder, made his first court appearance today. His next appearance is scheduled for April 1.

      In addition, Tansey confirmed that Bandaogo did not have any connection to his victims.

      So far, investigators have conducted interviews with 50 witnesses and the six victims.

      There were five female victims and one male victim, ranging from 22 to 78 years old.

      A seventh victim, a female victim in her 20s, died from her injuries.

      North Vancouver RCMP Supt. Ghalib Bhayani said that a wellness centre has been set up to help those who need support.

      North Shore Emergency Management, supported by all three North Shore municipalities, has established a North Shore Wellness and Resilience Centre located at the Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre (300 Kirkstone Road) in North Vancouver.

      Grief counsellors will be available and COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. The centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for seven days, starting today.

      In addition, North Vancouver RCMP stated that, as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop some time after an incident has been experienced (including months or even years later), it also offers a victim services line that can provide support 604-969-7540

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