Just weeks after Vancouver police raised concerns about deteriorating public safety in Oppenheimer Park and throughout the Downtown Eastside, officers are investigating a shooting that sent a woman to hospital with serious injuries.
In a statement sent to media Sunday, the VPD said it received reports about the shooting around 3:30 pm Saturday, after the victim arrived at hospital.
The woman said she was shot while parked in a vehicle on Dunlevy Street, just outside the park. The 53-year-old victim, from Powell River, was visiting a man who stays at the park encampment, according to VPD.
She has undergone surgery and her injuries are not life-threatening.
The VPD has repeatedly warned the public in the past two months about its concerns about safety of people in the area because of the encampment in the urban park, specifically an increase in weapons, violence and calls for service “as gangs compete for territory around the park.”
Earlier this month, officers apparently stopped a murder plot by three street gang members who were apparently targeting a rival drug trafficker who operates near Oppenheimer.
Anyone with information about this weekend’s shooting is asked to call the Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541, or to make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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