Authorities in Canada are investigating the death of a 5-year-old child who was killed in a shockingly violent incident that police say was not random.
According to Global News, police responded to a call about a house fire in Surrey, British Columbia, on Monday night. There, they found a 5-year-old child dead in the home, though it remains unclear if the child dead in the fire or was killed in another manner.
A 42-year-old woman with severe stab wounds had reportedly escaped the home before the suspect ignited the blaze, but the child was left behind. The suspect also reportedly fled the scene in a red Subaru.
Later Monday night, a man took a fatal leap from Port Mann Bridge, also in British Columbia. According to the report, police believe that man is a suspect in the child’s death and the woman’s stabbing. Authorities have also said that suspect is known to the victims.
A reporter for Global News said in a Twitter post that the woman is in critical condition.
Neither the victims or the suspect have yet been publicly identified.
“This is a heartbreaking incident, and many people in the community, including first responders, will feel the impact of this tragedy,” Sgt. Elenore Sturko, Surrey Royal Canadian Mountain Police spokesperson said in a release obtained by Global News.
“We express our condolences to the families involved, and encourage anyone who is struggling with this news to reach out for support from their healthcare provider.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.