At approximately 11:00 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers assigned to the 3rd District (Welland/Port Colborne) responded to a reported disturbance in the Thorold Road and Rice Road area of ​​the City of Welland.

Upon arrival, officers located an 18-year-old male with an apparent stab wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Niagara Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) paramedics, before being airlifted to an out-of-town trauma center by Ornge Air Ambulance. The victim’s condition has since improved from critical to stable.

Detectives have identified two young suspects and arrest warrants are being prepared. Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits the NPRS from identifying the youth involved as they are under the age of 18.

This was a targeted incident as the victim and suspects are known to each other.

Anyone with information or who may have been in the area with dash cam footage is asked to contact District 3 Detectives at 905-688-4111 ext. 1023300.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously may contact Niagara Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to people who contact the program with information leading to an arrest.

Incident #22-36144.