Winnipeg police are on the hunt for suspects after bystanders encountered a woman bleeding and injured — possibly from a hammer attack — on the side of a East Kildonan road.
Police said they were called to Brazier Street and Helmsdale Avenue around 5:45 p.m. where they met with a 32-year-old victim.
The initial investigation suggests the woman was attacked inside a vehicle and then left in a back lane.
She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Reports of the incident circulating on social media say the victim was "covered in blood from head to toe," and that she may have been struck numerous times with the sharp end of a hammer.
One widely-shared account from Julie Moncrief on Facebook states the victim and her small dog had been "tossed out of a small tan or gold car." Moncrief said she was driving home when she saw the woman and stopped to help.
Police said this morning no one was in custody and officers from the East District crime unit are actively investigating.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-2857 or CrimeStoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).