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Woman dead in the PATH near King and Bay after what's believed to be a targeted stabbing

A woman is dead after being stabbed in the downtown Toronto PATH system, near King and Bay streets, in what police believe to be a targeted attack.

Police are looking for a male in his 30s with a thin moustache

Police responded to a stabbing in the PATH near King and Bay Streets Wednesday evening. They arrived to find a woman in life-threatening condition. She died at the scene. (Sue Reid/CBC)

A woman is dead after being stabbed in the downtown Toronto PATH system, near King and Bay streets, in what police believe to be a targeted attack. 

Officers from 51 and 52 Division were called to the underground Bay Concourse area near a food court just after 7 p.m. Wednesday for multiple reports of a stabbing. 

"This was a very populated area. There were several patrons in the area and it was certainly brazen of course," said Insp. Anthony Paoletta of Toronto Police Service's duty operations unit. 

When police arrived, they found a woman believed to be between the ages of 20 and 30 suffering from stab wounds and in life-threatening condition. Both officers and paramedics performed CPR on the victim, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Paoletta said. 

Her death marks Toronto's 17th homicide this year.

Homicide detectives are now searching for a man, believed to be in his 30s, seen fleeing the concourse shortly after the attack. He is described as white, 5'8" with a slim to average build, and was last seen wearing a dark-coloured sweatshirt with a hood and a white-coloured T-shirt underneath along with dark pants and shoes.

It's unknown if the victim and suspect knew one another, police say. 

"At this point in time it appears that this was a targeted attack," said Paoletta, noting that no one else was injured. 

The homicide unit has taken over the investigation, and investigators are speaking to witnesses and reviewing security camera footage that may have captured the incident and suspect. 

Police would not confirm if the woman worked in the food court, but said several businesses were still open at the time. 

Paoletta is now appealing for anyone with information to contact police. 

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