UPDATE: Police respond to bear spray incident at Bay Centre

Suspect identified, emergency services treat at least three people at Victoria mall

At least three people were affected after a person used pepper spray in an altercation outside the Bay Centre in busy downtown Victoria on Thursday morning.

Police are looking for a suspect they believe used the bear repellent on a couple he chased into the Douglas Street entrance to the mall at about 9:45 a.m.

According to VicPD, the suspect is described as an aboriginal man in his 30’s, with a light beard and wearing jeans, plaid jacket, black baseball cap with orange logo. The man is also believed to have been wearing a silver ring on his left pinkie finger.

Victoria police Sgt. Paul Brookes said the incident started outside the mall on Douglas Street. Witnesses said the suspect was involved in an altercation with a couple and wound up chasing them into the mall and using the pepper spray.

Once inside, the suspect sprayed another bystander and the mist from the spray affected others nearby, Brookes said.

Marla Cannon, who was on her way into work at the mall with Maritime Travel, was among the collateral victims of the spraying. She didn’t see the person who did the spraying, but smelled the metallic vapor and had a sudden stinging in her eyes and face.

She and two other people were treated on the scene by paramedics and firefighters. One man was dressed only in shorts and running shoes, after being forced to strip his shirt off from the spray.

A description of the suspect and a photo from video surveillance cameras at the mall was expected to be released later Thursday if the police had not found the man, Brookes said.

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