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Homicide investigators called after daylight shooting on central Lonsdale in North Vancouver

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that the victim of Tuesday’s shooting had died, as reported by homicide investigators. Police have issued a correction, and say the woman remains on life support.

Homicide investigators have been called to assist with a shooting in broad daylight on central Lonsdale that left a woman critically injured.

Police were called around 11:30 a.m. to the area of East 12th Avenue and Lonsdale, where they say a woman was shot.

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The woman was taken to hospital in “life-threatening condition” according to BC Emergency Health Services.

Around 3:40 p.m., the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called to assist with the investigation. It says the woman remains on life support.

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Police said no arrests have been made, but that there is believed to be no risk to the general public.

A witness, who asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation, told Global News he heard three gunshots and saw the victim in the alley behind the Freemason’s building.

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He said he saw a dark Dodge SUV with no front licence plate being driven away from the scene by a man in a hoodie.

Local business owner Dawn Blaschuck said she was shocked by the shooting.

“You know, it’s the medical district, it’s sleepy North Van,” she said.

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“Never near my business or my home have I ever had anything like that happen. We still leave our door unlocked.”

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The incident took place in a central urban area, with several fitness centres, health care offices and a Salvation Army nearby.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the attack to contact North Vancouver RCMP or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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