11 year old bou stabbed on soccer field in Newfoundland
CTV NATIONAL An 11-year-old boy in eastern Newfoundland is in serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in a bizarre incident on a soccer field.
The incident occurred Thursday evening while as many as 100 players and spectators gathered for a soccer skills camp on a field in Conception Bay South, near St. John's.
Witnesses told local radio station VOCM that a young man in the stands rushed onto the field and stabbed an 11-year-old soccer player. The suspect then fled in a vehicle, as horrified children ran from the field to search for their parents.
The suspect was arrested shortly afterward, not far from the Topsail Soccer Field and Clubhouse where the incident occurred.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said a male was taken into custody and a vehicle was seized as well.
Police would not confirm the age of the suspect, nor whether he and the victim knew each other. Conception Bay South Mayor Ken McDonald told VOCM he's been told the suspect was 18.
The player who was injured remains in hospital in serious condition.
The Conception Bay South Soccer Association posted a statement on its website saying it was "shocked" by the incident and that all activities at Topsail Field are suspended until further notice.
"CBS Soccer is shocked and saddened by an incident at Topsail Field Thursday evening that sent one of our young players to hospital. The thoughts and prayers of the Association are with the young player and his family and friends," the group said.
It added that crisis intervention counsellors would be available for anyone who needs assistance over the next few days.
Mayor MacDonald said in a news release the town is working with police on the matter.
"This is a tragic event that has occurred," he said. "The town is fully co-operating with the RNC on this matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 11-year-old boy and his family."