Police seek ‘second male’ after critically hurt man found on front steps of east London townhouse

A man was fighting for his life in hospital after he was found stabbed in an east London housing complex Thursday.

London police were called to 216 Boullee St., north of Cheapside Street, at 3:20 p.m. for a report of an injured man on the front steps of a townhouse - writes lfpress.com.

The man had injuries to his abdomen and left arm, Staff Sgt. Trish McIntyre said.

“We believe this male was involved in an altercation with a second male, but we have not identified that male,” McIntyre said, adding the man sustained the injuries somewhere else.

Police believe the assault happened at a different location and the knife on the stoop of 216 Boullee St. is not the weapon used in the assault. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)

An EMS duty manager said paramedics took a man in his 20s with stab wounds to Victoria Hospital.

One complex resident reported seeing the injured man taken away on a stretcher shortly after police arrived. “He wasn’t yelling or screaming. I think the pain made him pass out,” the woman said.

McIntyre said the man was listed in critical condition.

Police issued a hold-and-secure warning for nearby Lord Elgin elementary school. The safety measure — used when there’s a potential threat coming from outside the school — was lifted a short time later.

Officers taped off the front yards of two townhouses while curious neighbours, including many children returning from school, looked on.

The front steps of the units were covered in debris and clothing, including a grey hoodie with blood on it and a small knife.

McIntyre said no weapon had been retrieved and police had no suspects in custody.

“Our investigation really is in the early stages,” she said.

The complex of three- and four-bedroom townhouses is populated mostly by families with young children.

Thursday’s stabbing and heavy police presence left some residents rattled.

“My kids are around here,” said one resident, gesturing toward the crime scene.

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