A targeted shooting on a major Vancouver street has left three people injured, including someone police describe as an “innocent” 15 year old.
Vancouver police said several shots were fired in a busy commercial and residential area on Broadway Saturday evening.
Sgt. Jason Robillard said a man in his early 20s, who is believed to be the target of the attack, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.A man in his 30s, who police said was not a target, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.
A 15-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., who was driving through the area when the shots were fired, was also seriously injured and taken to hospital.
“At this time the evidence suggests that he is innocent,” Robillard said.He said the victims taken to hospital remain in serious condition.
It’s unclear what prompted the incident, but Robillard said there are indications that gunfire was exchanged.
“This is bad and we are concerned with how brazen this was,” Robillard said, adding that more than 30 officers are working on the case.
No arrests have been made.
The area of Broadway and Ontario streets remained closed through Sunday as the investigation continued.
Area resident Gloria Gribling said she heard what she thought were fireworks going off Saturday evening. She said, “I heard quite a large bang and then I thought that sounds like a gunshot, and then I thought ridiculous, I’m watching too much TV.
“I heard quite a large bang and then I thought that sounds like a gunshot, and then I thought ridiculous, I’m watching too much TV,” she said.
“And then I hear immediately afterward what sounded like fireworks, very fast explosions but they weren’t as loud as the first one.”
She said Broadway is a busy thoroughfare, and while the noise seemed out of character, she considers the area typically safe.
Gribling said, “I have no fear of going for walks or anything like that around here, it’s very safe.”
Police are asking witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of the scene to come forward as the investigation continues.