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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

Police shot and killed a man who stabbed three people in a rampage outside of a church in downtown Vancouver, Canada, officials said Thursday.

Vancouver Police said officers responded to reports of a man stabbing people at around 5 p.m. local time and found an assailant wielding a knife outside of the First United Church.

Officers used a bean-bag shotgun in an attempt to subdue the suspect but were unsuccessful, police said in a statement. When the suspect began stabbing a woman nearby police opened fire with live rounds, the force added.

Authorities have not named the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the female stabbing victim was in critical condition after suffering serious injuries, while two men were treated for non life-threatening injuries. The victims' names have not been released and police said the investigation was ongoing.

— Shamar Walters