One person was injured in a stabbing Friday morning at Living Hope Church in central Vancouver.
The stabbing was reported at 7:45 a.m. at 2711 N.E. Andresen Road near the city-sanctioned homeless camp set up in the church’s parking lot. An ambulance was called to the scene. According to Vancouver police, a suspect was taken into custody.
Pastor Brian Norris said the victim was a security volunteer and member of another church that meets at Living Hope. The man went to the hospital to get a few stitches and then home to rest.
Norris said a man staying at the camp “was having a rough morning” and pulled out a pocket knife. He is not allowed back on church property. The incident was a wake-up call for the church, which plans to review its security protocol to see where it falls short.
For months, the tent encampment has operated next to the church to provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This story will be updated.