Victim of targeted Kitsilano fatal shooting was not known to police

Apr 17 2019, 11:44 pm

After a fatal shooting in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood on Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday they have now identified the victim.

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According to VPD Const. Jason Doucette, the victim was 30-year-old Vancouver resident, Manoj Kumar.

“Based on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, this appears to have been a targeted homicide,” said Doucette.

However, he added that Kumar “was not known to police and does not have any obvious connections to a criminal lifestyle.”

Just after 8:30 pm on Tuesday, the VPD received several calls reporting shots being fired in the area of West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street.

The suspect fled before officers arrived and Kumar died at the scene.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident, and police have not yet determined a motive.

Doucette noted there were also initial reports of a vehicle driving out of the area immediately after the shooting, and that officers were called to a vehicle fire just before midnight on West 22nd Avenue at Yew Street.

And while the vehicle in question has has not been “directly linked” to the shooting at this point, Doucette said police have seized it pending further investigation.

Police are asking any witnesses, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time with dash-cam footage, is asked to contact them at: 604-717-2500 or call  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

This is the city’s fourth homicide of 2019.