VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Investigators are putting out the call for cell phone footage after a weekend street fight in the Granville entertainment district left a 23-year-old club worker dead.
The fight broke out inside the Cabana Lounge at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and spilled out onto the street. According to police, Kalwinder Thind stepped in to break up the brawl and was stabbed. He later died in the hospital.
“This incident appears to be an isolated fight, fueled by alcohol, that got out of hand,” says Vancouver Police Sergeant Robillard. “The evidence suggests that several people have photos and recordings of the events before, during and after this incident. They have uploaded edited footage to various social media sites but have yet to come forward to police.”
Robillard says tension appears to have been growing between two groups throughout the night, and the situation eventually boiled over into a fight.
Five people were arrested early Saturday, but all have been released pending further investigation.
Violence a continuing challenge on Granville, mayor says
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson says street violence is hardly a new phenomenon on the Granville strip, and it’s a problem that requires a re-doubling of efforts on the part of the city and police.
“The city has had a number of different approaches to try and reduce the violence there,” he says. “Closing off the street has been a successful approach over the years to reduce the tension on the sidewalks, but the violence persists.
“I think one piece that will alleviate some of this is late night transit service, which we’re working out. Translink [is] looking at next steps to get train service extended on the weekend in particular.”
Robertson adds that they are not considering upping the police presence in the area at this time.
“Our hearts go out to the victim… it’s another tragedy that we wish didn’t happen.”
The vigil for Thind is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday near Granville and Davie Streets.