1 woman dead, another injured in stabbing at High Park subway station

A woman is dead and a second is in hospital following a double-stabbing at High Park subway station. Dramatic video captures the suspect takedown by police, and a witness describes the chaotic scene.

By Patricia D'Cunha

One woman is dead and another is in hospital after a double stabbing at High Park subway station on Thursday afternoon.

Police responded to the scene on the eastbound platform of the subway station just after 2 p.m. and say a suspect is in custody.

Officers found two victims at the scene, described as women in the 20s and 30s, and paramedics rushed them to hospital. One woman has since died of her injures, while the other has serious injuries.

A CityNews employee who was at the scene said the women were stabbed on a train.

“The information we had was that there was an aggressive male on a train and that this man had a knife on him. When our officers arrived on scene, we did locate the person and he was taken into custody,” Const. Laura Brabant said.

The CityNews employee captured video of the arrest (above) on the platform, in which police can be heard saying “get on the floor, get on the ground” a few times, before what appears to be the sounds of a Taser being used on the suspect.

There is no word on charges at this point.

It is not yet known if this was a random act or if the victims and suspect were known to each other.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was “shocked” by the violence.

Tory added that the City will sit down with “the TTC and police officials to see what more we can do to ensure the safety of TTC passengers beyond the many measures the TTC has put in place.”

The TTC issued a statement saying additional safety measures were being put in place as a result of Thursday’s incident.

“The TTC moves hundreds of millions of customers every year without incident, but is constantly looking at ways to improve safety,” the transit agency said. “Today, in response to this incident, additional Special Constables and uniformed staff will be placed in the system to reassure customers traveling this afternoon.”

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