The kitchen at the Red Lion Inn and Suites had blood everywhere, after four people were stabbed - a fifth was attacked in the upstairs lobby - says one employee who helped tend to wounds.
Ron Schinners was preparing food for what was expected to be a busy Saturday night when a cook from the neighbouring Jade Fountain Restaurant came running in with blood gushing from a puncture hole in his belly.
Chaos ensued as three other men from Jade also came running in with wounds. Two had cuts in their arms and a third possibly had a cut near his neck, Schinners recalled.
Its freaky because all these people are getting stabbed and you dont know whats going on, he said. You see four people randomly stabbed, you think: Is there a psycho on the loose or what?
Outside the building Saturday evening, Saanich police confirmed that one victim was found in the foyer to the hotel and they arrested an employee of the Red Lion after searching the building.
B.C. Ambulance dispatched four ambulances to the hotel at 3366 Douglas St., near Saanich Road, and took five people to Victoria General Hospital.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority said all five were listed in stable condition.
Witnesses outside the hotel Saturday said one of the owners of the Red Lion was the one who attacked the employees.
All four kitchen staff told Schinners the owner stabbed them. Police would not confirm any details.
Schinners said police arrived almost immediately as he and a coworker were tending to wounds.
A Saanich traffic officer, who happened to be passing the hotel, was on the scene right away, said police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen. More officers arrived within minutes.
They encountered the first victim in the hotel foyer. Police located two others a short time later, and two more were found during a search of the hotel.
Some were located just hiding in different parts of the building; others came forward and identified themselves to police, Jantzen said.
The Red Lion Inn and its associated restaurant, bars and liquor store were evacuated, and staff and patrons filed into a cordoned-off section of a parking lot between the Galloping Goose Trail and Douglas Street.
The department called in additional resources from Victoria police to help secure the block where the hotel is located.
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