Two people are believed to be dead following a series of shootings early Monday in Langley, British Columbia. One of the three is said to be in critical condition, while another is seriously injured. RCMP say the suspect, who is believed to be dead, targeted the homeless.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) say they identified multiple gunshots in the town of Langley and another in the town of Langley just before 6 a.m. Monday.
The victims were homeless, RCMP confirmed to CBC.
According to CBC, two people are dead, one is in critical condition, and a fourth person is seriously injured.
Police said the suspect was shot dead by officers at the scene. He would have acted alone.
“At this time, we do not know a motive for this fatal incident, nor do we know if there was any connection between the deceased suspect and the victims,” RCMP Lower Mainland District Officer Superintendent Caleb Boy told the Globe. Mail.
A homeless man, who did not want to be identified, told the Vancouver Sun he was told another homeless man had been shot and saw paramedics trying to revive him.
Another witness, Jess Lee, told the outlet that she was on her way to work on the Langley Bypass when her car was stopped by a large armed police presence on 200th Street.
As a safety precaution, residents were alerted on cell phones until investigators confirmed the suspect was acting alone.
The alert described a “white, black-haired” man wearing a “brown carhat cover, blue and green camouflage T-shirt with a red logo on the right sleeve.”
The man was “associated with the white car”.
“Langley RCMP, with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, have arrested a person we believe is responsible for the shooting,” officials said at the time, adding that the suspect was in custody.
Authorities sent out an emergency alert at 7:22 a.m. local time to let citizens know that a suspect had been neutralized.
“Investigations are underway to confirm that only one suspect is involved in the shooting. Be on your guard and avoid frequenting the Langley area,” we read.
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