Police are looking to identify a second person who may have been involved in last month’s targeted shooting in East Vancouver.
Just before 6 a.m. on May 18, a 31-year-old pregnant woman and a 23-year-old man were shot in an apartment on Industrial Avenue near Station Street. The woman, who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, suffered serious injuries and was left in critical condition. Her unborn child did not survive. The man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Thirty-seven-year-old Carleton Stevens of Surrey was arrested two days later and has been charged with attempted murder and possession of ammunition or firearm contrary to a prohibition order.
According to a police press release, detectives have determined that a second man was with Stevens at the time of the shooting.
“It’s not clear what role, if any, this man played in the incident,” media relations officer Const. Jason Doucette.
Investigators have released security footage and photos of the vehicle police believe was involved in the crime.
The short video shows a dark coloured sedan driving into a parking lot. A second short clip shows Stevens with another man, who can be seen to the left of the screen in a blue hooded sweatshirt with a white logo on the front, walking through the parking lot.
The second man is described as white, 25 to 35 years old, 5’9” to 5’11” tall with short black hair and an average build. The vehicle appears to be a dark-coloured, four-door Nissan Altima with tinted windows.
"These types of investigations are very complex and can take time to fully investigate,” Doucette said. “It’s important that we hear from anyone who was there when the shooting happened. We are asking the second man to come forward and speak with police,” he added. “In the meantime, we are releasing this footage with the hopes of identifying him and locating the vehicle."
Doucette had a message for the man: "If you see this video and you know this is you, we're asking you to contact our investigators," he said. "We are going to identify you. We are going to come find you. We want to speak so, please, let's skip those steps, contact our investigators and we'll meet with you."
Anyone who may have information about the person or vehicle in the security footage, or has information about this crime, is asked to call investigators at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.