An unknown assailant, together with other unknown suspects, shot a 28-year-old man at the Vancouver International Airport on Sunday.
The shooting took place at around 3 p.m. local time near the international departure terminal.
“A 28-year-old man was shot, he succumbed to his injuries,” Sgt. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said during a news conference on Sunday evening.
“This man is known to police. We believe this shooting is related to this ongoing gang conflict we’ve seen throughout the region lately,” Jang added.
Police said the alleged killer, together with other suspects waiting in a vehicle, opened fire as they fled the scene of the incident.
Police did not return fire and stopped the pursuit due to concerns for public safety.
The escape vehicle was found in flames a short time afterward about 28km (17 miles) away from the airport.
Richmond Chief Supt Will Ng said that the murder “was targeted and carried out in broad daylight, with absolutely no regard for public safety.”
Police believed the murder was part of an ongoing gang conflict around the Lower Mainland.
The Lower Mainland has seen its fair share of gang-related incidence for the past two weeks having at least six shootings and leaving five fatalities to date.
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