Paramedics helped a man in Surrey after a hatchet attack near Central City mall. (Photo: Shane MacKichan).

VIDEO: Man injured in Surrey hatchet attack

Victim “lucky” to have received relatively minor injuries, police say

Paramedics tended to a man with head and neck injuries after police responded to a report of someone swinging a hatchet near Surrey’s Central City Mall early Thursday afternoon.

“There’s no charges as of yet,” Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann said Friday. “I understand there’s an expectation the suspect will be appearing in court, so police have provided their investigation to date to Crown counsel who will decide what charges, if any, will be laid.”

The victim apparently stumbled into the mall’s food court, at about 12:45 p.m.

The Surrey RCMP arrested a suspect after he and a hatchet were found at the bus loop nearby, and say the victim, age 50, and suspect, age 34, are “known to each other.”

The victim’s injury is not life-threatening. “He received relatively minor injuries which is lucky, all things considered,” Schumann said.

Police are still trying to figure out what brought on the assault.

“The investigation isn’t complete yet so it would be speculation at this point but it doesn’t appear to be a random attack.”

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