Vancouver police investigating possible connection between Kitsilano shooting and vehicle fire in Arbutus Ridge

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      Update (April 17): The VPD has publicly identified the shooting victim. 

      The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) held a press conference this morning (April 17) about a fatal shooting that took place in Kitsilano last night that is Vancouver’s fourth homicide of 2019.

      According to VPD spokeperson Cst. Jason Doucette, the VPD received several 911 calls around 8:30 p.m. on April 16 about gunfire near Burrard Street and West 4th Avenue.

      Upon arrival, officers found a 30-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds, who died at the scene.

      Cst. Doucette stated that they are not releasing the name of victim before notifying the next of kin.

      Officers received information of a vehicle seen leaving the scene.

      Scene at Burrard Street and West 4th Avenue after a shooting on April 16
      MIKE CORREIA

      Around midnight, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services notified the VPD that an SUV was located on fire on West 22nd Avenue near Arbutus Street. The VPD has since seized the vehicle.

      However, Cst. Doucette stated that investigators have not yet confirmed if this vehicle is related to the homicide yet.

      No arrests have been made at this point.

      As the investigation remains in its early stages, Cst. Doucette said that they remain uncertain how many suspects may be involved.

      Although Cst. Doucette said that they have no information yet to confirm the motive or if it is gang-related, investigators believe that the shooting appears to be targeted and don’t believe that the public is at risk.

      Anyone who has information about either the shooting or the vehicle on fire in the Arbutus Ridge neighbourhood is asked to call investigators at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      A shooting took place on April 16 at Burrard Street and West 4th Avenue (upper red marker) while an SUV was later found on fire on West 22nd Avenue near Arbutus Street (lower red marker).

      Thus far, there have been unrelated fatal shootings each day in B.C. this week.

      On April 14, a gunman shot two people in a church in Salmon Arm, injuring one and killing the other; Matrix Savage Gathergood, 25, was arrested and charged for the shootings.

      Then on April 15, after four people were killed during shootings in Downtown Penticton, 68-year-old John Brittain turned himself into RCMP. 

      Last week, 30-year-old Amrenda Vijay Kumar died of gunshot wounds on April 9 in Surrey.

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