CTV Winnipeg: Man pleads guilty for role in Canada Day stabbing
The random nature of both cases can make similar instances harder to prepare for.
Melanie Murchison, a criminology and sociology instructor at the University of Manitoba, says both are cases of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“(These cases) often induce more fear in the community because it doesn’t seem like there’s an effective way to prevent them,” she said.
She adds there is no easy solution to increase public safety, which will likely leave a lot of community members feeling vulnerable.