On Sunday evening, a tragic incident occurred at a Starbucks in Vancouver, Canada. Paul Stanley Schmidt, 37, was fatally stabbed by Inderdeep Singh Gosal, 32, who was taken into custody at the scene and charged with second-degree murder.
The brutal attack occurred at the corner of Granville and West Pender streets at 5:40 p.m. According to police, there was an altercation of some kind shortly before the attack. But the motive is still unknown.
Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward as they are trying to understand what happened prior to the incident. According to court documents, this is Gosal’s first and only criminal charge.
Paul’s mother, Kathy, explained that her son was at the Starbucks with his wife and daughter when the attack occurred and stated, “Paul lived for his wife and his daughter, that was his whole life.” She added that the suspect “has ruined so many lives.”
A witness described the scene as a traumatic experience and said the Starbucks was filled with screams as the suspect returned to the store after the stabbing.
Starbucks spokesperson Leanna Rizzi expressed her condolences and said, “this is a tragic situation, and our hearts are with all those involved and affected by this incident.”
The attack had been caught on video. However, the family has asked that the footage not be circulated around the web.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family during this tragic time.