Kitsilano shooting victim identified as 30-year-old Vancouver resident without criminal record or connections

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      Vancouver police have identified the victim of a shooting that took place near a busy intersection in Kitsilano on Tuesday.

      The shooting occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. near West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street on April 16 in a retail and dining district not far from a movie theatre and a gas station. 

      The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) have revealed that the victim was Manoj Kumar, a 30-year-old resident of Vancouver. 

      In a VPD news release, VPD spokeperson Cst. Doucette stated that Kumar was not known to police and “does not have any obvious connections to a criminal lifestyle”. 

      Kumar was believed to be alone in the vehicle at the time, although investigators are seeking further witness information to confirm or deny this. Kumar died at the scene, and the suspect had left the area before officers arrived.

      At a news conference held earlier today (April 17), Cst. Doucette had stated that they were waiting to notify the victim’s next of kin before releasing his identity. Cst. Doucette had also stated that investigators believed that the shooting was targeted. 

      Police had received reports of a vehicle leaving the scene after the shooting. Before midnight on April 16, the Vancouver fire department informed the VPD that an SUV was found on fire on West 22nd Avenue at Yew Street (identified previously as near Arbutus Street) in the Arbutus Ridge neighbourhood, which is adjacent to Kitsilano.

      While a direct connection between the shooting and the vehicle fire have not yet been established, officers have seized the vehicle as part of their ongoing investigation.

      No arrests have been made yet and it is the city’s fourth homicide this year.

      Any witnesses are asked to contact VPD investigators at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      Cst. Doucette told the Georgia Straight by phone that he is not aware of any connection between Manoj Kumar and another 30-year-old Lower Mainland man with the same last name, Amrendra Vijay Kumar, who was also died of gunshot wounds on April 9 in Surrey.