Man hospitalized after shooting at busy Metro Vancouver mall – fr

Man hospitalized after shooting at busy Metro Vancouver mall – fr

VANCOUVER – Shoppers have huddled for safety following a shooting at a busy shopping mall in the greater Vancouver area that left a man with potentially fatal injuries on Monday afternoon.

Police said they were called to the Willowbrook shopping center in Langley around 3:30 p.m. and arrived to find a man with gunshot wounds. Authorities have not disclosed details of the victim and the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

“Based on the theory of the investigation in this initial phase, this does not appear to be a random act,” Cpl. Holly Largy, of the Langley RCMP Detachment, said in a press release.

Witnesses inside the mall recounted the disturbing moments that followed the shooting. Dawn Muckle was with her daughter at Nordstrom Rack at the time and said they were taken to a reservation with dozens of other people.

“Everyone was coming down and rushing to the back of the store,” Muckle told CTV News. “There was this husband and wife with their young son behind us, and the woman was crying. »

Eventually, the police told the buyers that there was no continuing risk and everyone was let out.

“I felt a little uncomfortable leaving the store, you know, going out into an open parking lot,” Muckle said. “But they made sure everything was fine, and everyone kind of rushed to their cars. “

Langley RCMP said the area surrounding Willowbrook Mall would be cordoned off for “a considerable period of time” while investigators inspect the scene. No further information is expected to be released on Monday.

About half an hour after the shooting, authorities also responded to a report of a burning vehicle at a rural berry farm in Aldergrove.

It is not yet clear whether the shooting is related to the vehicle fire or one of the recent gun violence in the Metro Vancouver area.

Anyone with information on the incident, including those whose dash cam video was taken in the Willowbrook area at the time of the crime, are urged to contact Langley RCMP. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Nafeesa Karim


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