Vancouver Police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2021 after a person was stabbed in the early morning hours of January 31.

Police said officers were called to the Gastown Hotel on Water Street at approximately 5:30 am on Sunday.

When they arrived at the at the a single-room occupancy building, officers discovered that two people had been stabbed.

A 40-year-old from Vancouver died at the scene, police said.

The second victim, a 28-year-old from Vancouver, was taken to hospital with injuries that are described as “serious but not life-threatening.”

Police said a 48-year-old Vancouver man was arrested nearby and remains in custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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