Charges laid in B.C. island double stabbing

Charges have been laid in a double stabbing on B.C.'s Gabriola Island that left a woman dead and her teenage son injured.
Skye Ryan reports on neighbours' accounts of the fatal stabbing of a mother and the arrest of a suspect on Gabriola Island, B.C. 2:14

Charges have been laid in a double stabbing on B.C.'s Gabriola Island that left a woman dead and her teenage son injured.

Elaine Schwartz, 50, and her 18-year-old son Trevor were found on a property on Harrison Way just after 5 p.m. PT Wednesday. The younger Schwartz was airlifted to a hospital in Victoria where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Jason Daniel Cramer, 37, was charged Friday morning with second-degree murder and attempted murder. He is being held in custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for Sept. 13 in Nanaimo.

Cramer was taken into custody Thursday following a manhunt that put the tiny island on virtual lockdown Wednesday night. Cramer was found not far from the property where the victim was killed.

Police have not revealed a motive for the attack or said what kind of relationship may have existed between Cramer and the victims.

The incident left residents of the island, with a resident population of just over 4,000, on edge and spurred many to start locking their doors for the first time.

Gabriola Island is off the coast of Vancouver Island near Nanaimo, about 100 kilometres north of Victoria.

With files from The Canadian Press