A horrifying video shows a subway rider getting repeatedly stabbed on a moving train in Toronto on Thursday afternoon, sending other straphangers fleeing in terror.
The video has been removed because it contained scenes that may be disturbing.
The violent attack occurred around 12:20 p.m. aboard a southbound Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) train traveling toward Eglinton Station.
Cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness and shared widely on social media shows a man in a white T-shirt and blue shorts exchanging punches and kicks with another rider dressed in dark clothing in the middle of a train car.
A knife can be seen flashing in the other man’s hand during the fight.
At one point during the bout, the suspect in dark clothing stabs the man in shorts, causing a bloodstain to bloom on the back of his T-shirt.
The bleeding victim desperately tries to get away from his attacker, yelling “Help! Help!” as the knife-wielding goon chases him through the train car in full view of stunned commuters.
A passenger at the end of the car can be heard yelling in panic: “He’s stabbing him up! He’s killing him!”
Another person exclaims: “Oh my God, I can’t get off the train!”
When the train finally reached the station, the suspect fled, according to a press release from the police. He remained at large Friday morning.
The victim — described as a man in his 30s — was taken to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries, according to the Toronto Police Service. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.
Duty Inspector Michelle Olszevski, a spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said during a press conference that the stabbing was an “isolated incident” and “not random,” having followed an argument between the two men, reported the news outlet CP24.com.
“This was an isolated incident and it appears there was a verbal disagreement between the suspect and the victim prior to the stabbing occurring,” she told reporters. “Whether or not they are known to each other I didn’t know.”
Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw said Thursday night that officers were on the hunt for the stabbing suspect.
“I am disturbed by this incident & all acts of violence on transit. I am relieved the victim’s condition is improving,” Demkiw tweeted. “Everyone deserves to feel safe while on transit & we continue to support all public safety needs in partnership with TTC.”
Cops described the stabbing suspect as 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10, with a thin build and a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a gray GAP hoodie, black pants and black shoes, and was carrying a green backpack.
By Snejana Farberov