Teen injured in 'brazen' shooting an innocent passerby

“This is bad and we are concerned about how brazen it was," Vancouver police say

After an innocent 15-year-old Coquitlam teenager was seriously injured in a “brazen” targeted shooting on a busy Vancouver street Saturday night, the Vancouver Police Department is putting all of its efforts into finding whoever is responsible.

“This is bad and we are concerned about how brazen it was,” Sgt. Jason Robillard said at a press conference at VPD headquarters on Sunday afternoon. “This is a priority for us… We have officers working around the clock using all resources at our disposal.”

article continues below

The teenager, who is male, was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving in the vicinity of the Indochine restaurant on Broadway at Ontario Street around 9:15 on Jan. 13.

Police are not yet releasing his name. They say he is in serious condition in hospital.

The target of the shooting, a Vancouver man in his twenties who Robillard confirmed is known to police, is in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A third man, a Vancouver resident in his thirties, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released. Police believe that he was not a target.

When officers responded to calls about shots being fired in the busy neighbourhood, they located three injured people who were immediately treated by paramedics.

The area surrounding Broadway and Ontario was still closed on Sunday afternoon. About 30 officers “are actively working the scene,” Robillard said at 2 p.m. “It’s quite a scene and we want to make sure we capture it accurately.”

Although police are still investigating a targeted shooting last week near South Marine Drive, Robillard said, “This is rare that this kind of thing happens.”

No arrests have been made.

Investigators with the VPD`s Major Crime Section are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or who may have dash-cam footage and driving in the area between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on January 13, to call (604) 717- 2500.

Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!
Find the Vancouver Courier Newspaper