A FORMER Fiji national is in Canadian police custody for allegedly stabbing to death two women and injuring one in Penbrooke Drive, Calgary.
In an interview yesterday, the Calgary Police Department confirmed it had launched an investigation — treating the matter as a homicide.
It is alleged the man, believed to be in his 40s, killed his estranged wife, another woman believed to be the friend of the deceased and caused serious injuries to a third victim on Sunday evening.
He previously lived in Nausori before migrating to Canada.
"At approximately 6.30pm, on Sunday, police were called for reports of a stabbing at a home in the 6400 block of Penbrooke Drive Southeast," the police department said.
"When officers arrived they found one woman already dead.
"A second woman was transported to hospital, where she later died.
"A third woman was taken to hospital in non life-threatening condition, where she was treated for her injuries and released."
The police department said the suspect fled the scene and was located a short time later and arrested.
He was transported to a local hospital suffering from self-inflicted injuries.
While the Calgary Police has completed an autopsy on the woman who died in hospital - she has been identified as Fahmida Velji-Visram, 29, of Calgary.
The autopsy determined Ms Velji-Visram died as a result of a stabbing.
"It is believed she was a friend of the other deceased woman.
"An autopsy on this victim will not be completed until tomorrow (today), so she will not be identified until that time.
"However, it is believed she is the estranged wife of the suspect."
The Calgary Sun reported that the neighbours of the house in which the suspect was in with the women heard a young girl, believed to be nine or 10 years old, scream for help outside of the home where the attacks happened, on Sunday night.
"She was screaming, 'my daddy has killed my mummy and my aunty.' And she just kept repeating that," the neighbours said.
"The girl kept screaming, 'my mommy is inside and she's dead."
Another neighbour, Tri Ho, who lives on the second half of the duplex where the attacks occurred, described the family who lived in the basement as quiet and nice.
"They were a beautiful family," he said.