Toronto police are searching for the attacker who stabbed a man who later died.
The incident occurred near Spadina and Dundas streets downtown just before 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was attacked while on the bus, Canadian broadcaster CTV reported.
Witnesses said the attacker struck the man before fleeing in a dark-colored minivan. The victim, who was a tourist from Great Britain, was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“This is an unprovoked attack,” Toronto police Sgt. Kevin Park said in a statement, according to CTV. “I understand that both the victim and the suspect had a conversation before the stabbing took place.”
“Today we are hurting, but our hope and prayer is that the [victim’s] family understands our thoughts and prayers at this time,” Park added.
Police believe the attack was targeted, although a motive remained unclear, CTV reported.
“We can confirm that the victim was met with this attack by an unknown male on the TTC bus,” said Anne-Marie Aikins, a Toronto Police spokeswoman, according to the Toronto Star. “We’re also dealing with the mental health aspect of this attack.”