Tuesday 24 April 2018

Man arrested after city shooting

A man has been arrested after a shooting incident in Vancouver city centre
A man has been arrested after a shooting incident in Vancouver city centre

A man has been arrested in Vancouver, Canada, after shooting another man outside a coffee shop before exchanging gunfire with police.

Police responding to gunfire outside the Starbucks branch shortly after 11am and found a 52-year-old man had been shot and seriously wounded.

Vancouver Police Sgt Randy Fincham said: "Police officers happened to be nearby, challenged the alleged shooter and exchanged several shots."

The man then fled on a bike pursued by police on foot and bicycle. A second exchange of gunfire took place near Science World, a popular tourist attraction, prompting dozens of officers to flood the area.

The alleged shooter is in hospital in a serious condition and under police guard. The shooting victim was also taken to hospital and listed in a stable but critical condition.

One officer sustained minor injuries from flying glass. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Police said there are no other suspects and they have yet to determine a motive for the initial shooting.

Lucas Deharo, a father, said he got a text from his wife who was inside Science World, alongside dozens of children, parents and carers.

He said his wife told him she saw an officer shooting, and that she was told to keep calm and lay down on the floor. He said he jumped in his car and raced to the scene.

Science World announced that it had closed for the day to "support police investigations".

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson thanked police officers for their fast response to the shooting.

"This incident was a brazen attack in broad daylight, and gun violence of any kind will not be tolerated in the City of Vancouver," he said in a statement.

"I know this has been very upsetting for the many people who witnessed the attack, and for those who live and work in the neighbourhood."

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