Teen bystander on life support after Saturday night shooting, not expected to survive

Jan 16 2018, 5:56 am


A 15-year-old boy from Coquitlam who was put on life support after being injured in a shooting on Saturday in Vancouver  has now died, the VPD confirmed late Monday.

Now, homicide investigators are making another appeal to the public for video.

Investigators believe that some people may have captured the incident and the aftermath on their cell phones and/or dash cam recordings.


A 23-year-old man has died of his injuries and a 15-year-old bystander from Coquitlam is on life support after a shooting in Vancouver on Saturday night.

Shortly after 9:15 pm, police responded to a call that several shots were fired around Broadway and Ontario Street.

On Monday, the 23-year-old was identified by police as Vancouver resident Kevin Whiteside.

Investigators believe Whiteside exchanged gun fire with at least one other person during Saturday’s incident and said he was known to police.

Another man in his 30s was also injured at the scene and taken to hopital, but has since been released.

Tragically, police said, the teen bystander – although currently on life support – is not expected to survive.

“This is the type of call I absolutely dread and I am incredibly saddened and heartbroken,” said VPD Chief Const. Adam Palmer.

It is rare in Vancouver, he added, “for an innocent victim to be caught up in this type of violence and this investigation remains a priority for us. We are pulling all available resources together.”’

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VPD has at least 50 officers investigating this shooting, and is committed to solving this case. Investigators believe that there are still people who may have witnessed this shooting and have yet to call the police. Anyone with information regarding this incident please call investigators at 604-717-2500.

This is Vancouver’s first homicide of 2018 and no arrest have yet been made in the case.

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