One man is arrested and another hospitalized with serious injuries after a shooting bordering Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood and the Downtown Eastside Sunday afternoon, according to police.
Vancouver Police say the incident happened on East Hastings between Main Street and Columbia Street at approximately 2:30 p.m.
A 31-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital with serious injuries, according to Sgt. Steve Addison.
“There was a parked, occupied car on East Hastings Street that was hit. It’s a miracle that the person in that vehicle wasn’t hurt at all and it’s just a miracle that nobody else was caught in the gunfire,” Addison said.
“The suspect is a man in his 30s originally from Alberta. More than two dozen police officers, including investigators from VPD’s Major Crime Section and Forensic Identification Unit, are currently on the case.”
Witnesses in the area report on social media hearing several gunshots and seeing a large police presence in the area as the arrest was made.
“The suspect appears to be a relative newcomer to the area. He’s originally from Alberta and does have some police history out of Manitoba but doesn’t have a significant police history here in Vancouver,” Addison told Global News.
“So we need to do some more work to understand what the relationship was between them, if there was one, and what this incident stemmed from.”