British Columbia

Violent incident on Vancouver Seawall sends 3 to hospital

A suspect with a knife was stopped by Vancouver Police with the use of non-lethal rounds, after he reportedly tried to rob several tourists on the Seawall Friday night.

Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like gunshots near Jack Poole Plaza

A Vancouver Police Department forensics vehicle arrives at Jack Poole Plaza to investigate the robbery Friday night. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

A suspect with a knife was reportedly stopped by Vancouver police using non-lethal rounds, after he allegedly tried to rob several tourists on the Seawall Friday night.

The incident happened around 10 p.m., PT on Friday, in the waterfront area around Bute Street and Thurlow Street. 

Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like gunshots near Jack Poole Plaza.

A member of the Vancouver Police Department at the scene said the shots were actually non-lethal rounds, but wouldn't confirm how many were fired.

Police said three people were taken to hospital, with injuries that were not believed to be serious. It's unclear if the suspect received medical treatment after the arrest.

Tourists from Germany, who were walking along the Seawall, said a man with a knife tried to rob them, but appeared to be on drugs and got distracted before he could make off with any of their possessions.

Police had a section of walkway taped-off next to a Cactus Club restaurant. A small amount of blood could be seen on the pathway.

Two members of the Vancouver Police Department shine a light on the pathway next to Jack Poole Plaza, where police fired non lethal bean bag rounds in order to arrest a knife-wielding suspect. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

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