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Machete attack victim speaks out after 4 people injured in downtown Vancouver

CA, 09 Aug 2022
An attack with a machete in downtown Vancouver, B.C. sent four victims to hospital Saturday night. One of the alleged victims spoke about the incident on Sunday. He said the suspect lives across the hall from his apartment.

“I heard a pop and an explosion. I went into the hallway and it smelled like gasoline,” said Cecil Cochrane.

Vancouver police did confirm a man set his suite on fire inside a rooming house near Granville and Smithe streets.

“I was locking my door when he hit me in the head from behind and I went down to one knee. He hit me again with the machete and then I grabbed it,” Cochrane said. “We started fighting, rolling around on the ground.”

Police have confirmed officers confronted a machete-wielding man in the Granville Street area, which led to shots being fired by VPD officers. Cochrane described the suspect as roughly 50 years old and a heavy-set man.

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