Pregnant woman in critical condition, loses baby after targeted shooting

Police say two victims were targeted but the incident is not gang related

One of the two victims in Friday morning’s shooting in East Vancouver was pregnant.

Vancouver police Const. Jason Doucette confirmed that the 31-year-old Vancouver woman who was shot was in the third trimester of her pregnancy. The woman is in critical condition in hospital. Her unborn baby did not survive.

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A 23-year-old Langley man was also shot but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police were called to an apartment above a print shop on Industrial Avenue near Scotia Street just before 6 a.m. Doucette said an unidentified suspect went to the apartment and shot the woman. She called 911 and told the dispatcher that she had been shot and the suspect had left. Officers arrived a few minutes later and discovered there was a second victim.

“It’s still very early in the investigation, but initial information leads us to believe this was a targeted shooting, unrelated to gang conflict,” Doucette said.

One witness who also lives above the business told the Courier that neither of the victims lived there but they were staying in one of the suites and that the man worked at the print shop.

Detectives from the department’s major crime section are asking anyone with information about the shooting, or who was in the area around the time of the incident, to call 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

@JessicaEKerr

jkerr@vancourier.com

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