How stabbings are different from other homicidal attacks

Global News

TORONTO – The worst mass murder in Calgary history has shocked residents as details emerge of five people—all in their 20s—stabbed to death at a house party before the suspect—also in his early 20s—fled the scene, leaving one young man dying on the front lawn.

Just hours later a Brampton, Ont. high school was in lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a 17-year-old student was taken to hospital with stabbing-related injuries.

The attacks come less than a week after a Toronto man was arrested for stabbing four people in an office building, which happened the same day as 19 Pittsburgh students were injured after a 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a slashing spree.

But one criminologist says there’s no evidence of a trend, and Statistics Canada data backs him up.

“Most kinds of crime have been declining over time over the last 20 years,” said Simon Fraser University’s School…

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