Ambulance (Image: Tylor Sherman / Flickr )

One man was taken to hospital with severe injuries on Saint Patrick’s Day after a stabbing near the Langford Lanes Bowling alley.

According to the West Shore RCMP, the victim suffered stab wounds to his upper body after two men had a verbal argument outside which lead to a fight.

The suspect fled the area before police arrived. A police dog was called to locate the suspect but was unsuccessful.

Police said there is no threat to the general public.

The West Shore RCMP Major Crime Unit is spearheading this investigation with the assistance of Island District RCMP Forensic Services. We continue to follow up on leads and interview potential witnesses. Although we have identified a suspect and are actively looking for him, the investigation is ongoing and are looking for the public’s assistance with any information they have, says Cst. Matt Baker of the West Shore RCMP.

The victim was transported to hospital in stable but serious condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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