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(Update) Broken glass, not knife injured man at Burnaby's Korea Town mall: RCMP

Victim sustained serious injures to hand after punching window during altercation, say police
Emergency crews respond to a stabbing at Korea Town Centre on North Road in Burnaby Wednesday night.

A man was sent to hospital with serious injuries after he punched a window during an altercation at Burnaby’s Korea Town Centre last night.

Emergency crews were called to the mall at 4501 North Road just after 11 p.m., according to assistant fire Chief Darcy Robinson.

The fire department was first on scene, he said, but was given a wait order by RCMP, keeping them from the scene until police deemed it was safe.

Once they were waved into the complex, firefighters found the injured man and dressed his wounds, Robinson said.

BC Ambulance paramedics arrived a short time later and transported the man to hospital in serious condition, according to BC Emergency Health Services.

BCEHS said their crews had been dispatched for reports of a stabbing, but Burnaby RCMP said the incident involved a man in his early 20s punching a window and seriously injuring his hand during an altercation at the mall.

The people involved knew each other and had gotten into a verbal argument, which turned into pushing, according to police.

"At one point, an intoxicated man involved in the argument punched a window at a nearby business, causing it to break and causing a significant cut to his knuckles," stated an RCMP email.

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