Woman shot at Coquitlam apartment, neighbours say

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Woman wounded and man in custody after early morning shooting in Coquitlam
A woman is recovering from a gunshot wound and a 21-year-old man is in custody after what Coquitlam RCMP say was a targeted shooting early Saturday. Kristen Robinson reports – Jan 16, 2021

Coquitlam RCMP have confirmed that a woman was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a shooting Friday night.

Neighbours say they heard overnight gunfire break out in a Coquitlam apartment building.

Residents of the building near Whiting Way and Foster Avenue told Global News that they heard loud bangs just after midnight.

A man who lives in the building said shortly afterward, an alarm went off and he heard frantic banging coming from the stairwell.

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When he went to investigate, the man said he saw blood on the ground.

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“We actually saw the victim outside, pretty immediately after,” he said.

“It didn’t look like she was doing very well,” a female neighbour said.

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The incident drew a massive police response, including members from an Emergency Response Team.

Global News cameras captured police leading a man away in handcuffs.

Coquitlam RCMP confirmed Saturday evening that a 21-year old man was arrested and remains in custody.

Police say this appears to be an isolated incident and is not related to gang conflict.

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It comes, however, after a series of deadly shootings in the Lower Mainland over several weeks.

There have been five fatal shootings believed to be linked to gang conflict since the last week of December, including the slaying of high-profile gangster Gary Kang at his family home in South Surrey.

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