VPD investigating "targeted" murder of 19-year-old shot in East Vancouver

Dec 12 2020, 2:58 pm

Vancouver Police are investigating the murder of a 19-year-old man who was found suffering from gun shot wounds in East Vancouver.

Police say they were called just after 8:00pm on December 11 to the area of East 5th Avenue and Cassiar Street after witnesses reported shots had been fired.

Officers found Vancouver resident Amar Najat Jalal, 19, in the middle of the intersection suffering from gunshot wounds.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services and paramedics attempted to revive Jalal, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and there are no concerns for public safety.

“A grey pickup truck was found fully engulfed in flames in the north lane of East 5th Avenue, just around the corner from where the victim’s body was found,” said Constable Tania Visintin. “Preliminary evidence indicates this vehicle could be connected to the shooting.”

Anyone with dash cam footage taken in the area of East 5th Avenue and Cassiar Street between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on December 11 is asked to call VPD Homicide detectives at 604-717-2500.

Jalal is Vancouver’s 18th homicide of 2020.

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