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Man charged with murder after fatal shooting outside Vancouver restaurant

The scene of an apparent shooting death in Coal Harbour overnight. Shane MacKichan

A man has been charged after a fatal shooting outside a restaurant in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour last weekend.

Francois Joseph Gauthier, 51, is charged with murder and firearms charges, according to court records.

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Records show no prior charges against Gauthier in B.C.

Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal, 31, of Abbotsford was gunned down outside of Cardero’s Restaurant on the city’s busy seawall just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

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Global News cameras captured images of a gun equipped with a silencer at the scene.

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Not long afterward, another man was stabbed a few blocks away, and a vehicle linked to a known gang associate crashed and three people fled on foot.

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Police said the shooting had “all the hallmarks” of a targeted killing.

It was the first of a trio of slayings in busy public areas this week believed to be associated with the ongoing Metro Vancouver gang conflict.

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On Monday evening, 20-year-old Bailey McKinney was shot dead near a skatepark at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park as the area was packed with families.

And on Thursday, 46-year-old Todd Gouwenberg, a known gang associate, was gunned down around 9 a.m. in front of the popular Langley Sportsplex.

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Police believe both of the killings were targeted. There have been at least 15 gang-related killings in the region in 2021, according to police.

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