Police investigating fourth shooting in East Vancouver neighbourhood

For the fourth time in just over a month, Vancouver police are investigating shots fired in an East Vancouver neighbourhood.

Just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, the department received 911 calls reporting gun shots in the area of East 22nd Avenue and Rupert Street.

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Initially officers were unable to confirm if there had been a shooting. However, investigators returned to the scene Wednesday morning and collected evidence that confirmed shots had been fired the night before.

“It appears a residence was targeted in the area of Rupert Street and Grandview Highway,” said department spokesman Const. Jason Doucette. “There was nothing to indicate that anyone was injured during the incident.”

Detectives from the department’s organized crime section have taken over the investigation.

This is the fourth such incident in the area in recent weeks.

  • July 25: Shots are fired into a house in the area of Kings Avenue and Reid Street just before 11 p.m. Investigators identify the intended victims, who are known to police. No one was injured.
  • Aug. 2: Shots fired in the area of Kamloops Street and East 10th Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. No one was injured and the shooting appears to be targeted.
  • Aug. 22: Shots fired into a house in the area of Kaslo Street and East 22nd Avenue just before midnight. Investigators believe the house was targeted.
  • Aug. 29: Shots fired at a residence in the area of Rupert Street and Grandview Highway. Investigators believe the incident was not random.

Last month, Surrey RCMP took the rare step of releasing the names and photos of five young men, including one from Vancouver, who had been targeted in a string of recent shootings in that city — warning that the men have become a risk to public safety.

jkerr@vancourier.com

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