Two men are in custody after a violent incident on Thursday evening, which began in Richmond and ended in Vancouver.
According to Richmond RCMP, the incident began shortly before 8 pm, when police responded to a business in the 10,000 block of No. 3 Road, after receiving reports of shots fired and a man brandishing a firearm, “possibly with hostages.”
Police arrived on scene, surrounded the area, and discovered that a patron of the business was allegedly struck in the head with what was believed to be a firearm.
The 32-year-old victim appeared to be “specifically targeted” and was transported to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He has not been cooperative with investigators, police said.
The assailant – who was reportedly wearing dark clothing and a balaclava at the time of the attack – fled the scene in a “light-coloured” vehicle with others inside of it.
An alert was sent out by Richmond RCMP to neighbouring police agencies (including Vancouver Police) about the suspect vehicle, before it was found near Ross Street and Marine Drive in Vancouver around 9 pm.
Speaking about the incident, VPD Const. Jason Doucette confirmed on Friday that a firearm was found at the scene and called the whole situation “very dynamic.”
Two men, aged 19 and 29 were arrested after the incident and are currently being held in custody in Richmond.
The vehicle allegedly involved was seized for further analysis and investigation. Both the victim and the suspects are known to police.
“Our investigators were able to confirm that no shots were fired, nor were any hostages involved,” said RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang.
“These types of incidents are always treated very seriously and illustrate the dynamic and fluid circumstances that police must contend with on a daily basis.”