April 2, 2019 2:35 pm
Updated: April 3, 2019 11:52 am

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.

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.

“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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