Police investigating stabbing in New Glasgow

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NEW GLASGOW - Twenty-seven year-old Scott Jones was stabbed in downtown New Glasgow Saturday morning.

A wash used to remove blood stains from the sidewalk was still visible Saturday afternoon after a 27-year-old man was stabbed in the early morning hours in New Glasgow. The man was found near the intersection of Archimedes and Forbes streets and was listed in critical but stable condition early Saturday morning.

On Saturday shortly before 2:30 a.m., New Glasgow Regional Police while on routine patrol noticed a male laying down near the intersection of Archimedes Street and Forbes Street New Glasgow where an adult male had been stabbed.

The 27-year-old man, who friends have identified as Scott Jones from New Glasgow was immediately transported to Aberdeen Hospital by Emergency Health Services where he was then airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre Hospital in Halifax. The victim remains in critical but stable condition.

Friends say his spine was severed and he has been left paralyzed by the attack.

New Glasgow Regional Police Forensic Identification Unit and police K-9 Unit also attended.

The New Glasgow Regional Police Service Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.

Monica George-Punke, whose daughter Amy Punke had been out with Jones and other friends that night, had taught him voice for years and was shocked by the news.

"He is a fine human being who has no aggression in him," Punke said. "He is truly a peaceable human being who was determined to make the world a better place."

She saw him in hospital and said despite the harsh new reality that he has to face, Jones is treating this attack with the same determination she's seen him bring to other areas of life.

She said he is focusing on what he can still do like play the piano and organ and swim instead of the ability to walk he's lost.

She said those who know him are shocked and don't know what to do.

"We’ve never had to deal with anything like this," she said. "No one knows what we’re feeling. The main thing is to stay strong for Scott and his family."

Jones had taught the local Pictou County District Honour Choir and attended Mount Allison University for a time.

Organizations: Aberdeen Hospital, Emergency Health Services, Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre Hospital Pictou County District Honour Choir Mount Allison University

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Archimedes Street, Halifax

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