August 29, 2013 1:45 pm

Coquitlam shooting victim identified as person associated to gangs: IHIT

The identity of the victim from yesterday’s shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Joey Lamont Arrance, who has a criminal record, is known to police and was associated with gangs.

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The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called to Coquitlam after a man died in a shooting late Tuesday night.

RCMP were first called to reports of a vehicle crash in the area near Brunette Avenue and Laurentian shortly after 11:00 p.m.

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It was discovered that the driver of an SUV had been shot and crashed his vehicle. There was a witness in the area that observed the incident and attempted to provide emergency first aid to the driver until the B.C. Ambulance arrived.

The driver, believed to be in his mid-30s, was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, where he died of his injuries.

IHIT Sgt. Jennifer Pound says they believe it’s a targeted, gang-related shooting.

Coquitlam RCMP were called to a vehicle fire in the 1500 block of Thomas Avenue at the same time as the crash and IHIT believes the two incidents are related but they’re still trying to determine the connection.

Police are still investigating the area; which will keep Brunette Avenue closed from Marathon to Casey Street for the next few hours.

The identity of the victim for any information about the suspect has not been released by police.

Anyone with any information about the vehicle fire or shooting are asked to call the IHIT team.

 

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