Man charged with aggravated assault after stabbing near downtown Hamilton shelter

One man has been charged and another is in the hospital with serious injuries after a stabbing incident outside the Salvation Army Booth Centre overnight.

Hamilton Paramedic Superintendent David Thompson said they were called to the corner of York Boulevard and Bay Street at around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, where they found a 44-year-old man suffering from stab wounds.

He was taken to a local trauma centre in critical condition.

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About 15 minutes later, paramedics returned to the intersection to transport a 43-year-old man to hospital with injuries from blunt force trauma.

Hamilton police said the 43-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault and appeared in court on Wednesday.

The other man remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson for the Salvation Army said neither of the two men are affiliated with the shelter.

“The victims were neither staff nor clients,” reads the official statement from the organization. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.”

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