The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is investigating after a man was killed in a “targeted” shooting downtown on Saturday night.
Police said officers were called to the Coal Harbour neighbourhood just after 8:30 pm on April 17 for reports of shots being fired outside Cardero’s Restaurant.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.
Based on preliminary evidence, investigators believe the shooting was targeted and that there is no further risk to public safety. VPD said no suspects have been arrested.
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“Although this shooting was targeted, we are very concerned about the potential impact on the public of an incident like this,” said Constable Tania Visintin.
“This happened in a busy spot on a nice evening and an innocent person could have gotten hurt.”
Video shared to social media shows a “major” police presence on the seawall outside Cardero’s on Saturday night.
Officers maintained a “heavy” presence in the area on Sunday morning, blocking off several streets as the investigation unfolded.
Still a very heavy police presence in Coal Harbour this morning. Cardero is closed from Broughton and Pender. You can see bloodstains on the road in front of the white van. #shooting #coalharbour pic.twitter.com/Ao4Pr6sjiH
— Rebecca Coleman (@rebeccacoleman) April 18, 2021
Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.