The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, was rocked by a fatal stabbing that occurred at a Starbucks café on Sunday. The incident, which involved two men in a brief altercation outside the outlet, resulted in the death of 37-year-old Paul Stanley Schmidt.
32-year-old Inderdeep Singh Gosal, a staunch supporter of Khalistan, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder. The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is seeking additional witnesses to the crime.
“We believe this homicide was witnessed by dozens of bystanders, and there may be people with information who have not yet come forward,” said VPD Sergeant Steve Addison in a release. “We particularly want to hear from anyone who was present in the moments before the stabbing, or anyone who has cell-phone video of the incident.”
The circumstances leading up to the fatal stabbing remain under investigation. Police do not believe the victim and suspect knew each other.
A police constable patrolling the area was flagged down “moments after” the stabbing occurred. The suspect was arrested at the scene, and officers attempted to save the victim’s life, but he did not survive and succumbed to the injuries sustained after being rushed to the hospital.
Raw footage of the incident has gone viral throughout Canada, showing the victim lying outside the Starbucks, surrounded by his own blood, and the alleged murderer walking in and out of the glass doors to the establishment. Another video shows Gosal being arrested and taken into custody by police.
Schmidt was the city’s sixth homicide victim of this year. The apparent random act of violence has attracted criticism of the law and order situation in Vancouver, one of Canada’s major cities.