Saskatoon city police say a 46-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after it appears he was stabbed in the neck Wednesday evening.
The incident, which took place in an alley in the 2100 block of 22nd Street West, was reported to police at 6:55 p.m.
Staff Sgt. Tim Failler said the investigation is ongoing.
Late Wednesday evening, police said the man had undergone surgery and is in stable condition.
Police are seeking two males who have yet to be identified, but it’s believed the suspects are between the ages of 16 and 18 and are known to the victim.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. police were still on scene, concentrating on an alley between 22nd Street West and 23rd Street West, and those in the area at the time had mixed reactions to the incident.
Steve Fish, who was eating at nearby H67 Pizza and Donair, a place he visits from time-to-time, said he hopes people are forthcoming with police with any information they might have.
“This is just an expression of spiritual darkness in our community,” he said. “As a pastor myself, I feel that this is just evidence that people are lost and are having difficulty overcoming that darkness and they resort to violence and other wicked things as an expression of that darkness.”
When asked his thoughts on an incident occurring so closely to a place that he frequents he said he’s not concerned.
“I don’t live in fear because of my confidence in God,” he said, but noted for other people it may make them concerned for their safety.
Wes Martell, who a lives a block away, came to check out the scene when he saw police as the area where the incident took place is a common route for his son.
“This is always happening in this whole area,” he said. “This is a bad place, that’s why we’re moving back home to Meadow Lake.”
“You just see it all over the west side, every where you go something is happening all the time,” he said, adding later: “It’s kind of wild. It’s scary for the kids.”
However, others like Ralph Steveson, whose backyard borders the areas taped off by police said this type of incident is rare.
“Truthfully dude, not a lot happens around here,” he said. “You get those guys who walk up the alley, they get drunk once in a while, but actually (for someone to be stabbed) not really.”
“It’s not as bad as everybody makes it,” he said. “It may be rough in different parts, but right where we live in, we never really see anything.”
He said he doesn’t have any concerns for himself or his family.
“Not at all,” he said. “We lock our doors, we walk to the store, we never have any problems at all.”