Four injured in Richmond as rash of shootings continues
Police taped off an entire street corner Thursday so investigators could comb through bushes and around the outside of the Riverside Banquet Hall in Richmond. One man is in custody after four people were shot Wednesday night. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Metro Vancouver’s spate of shootings to start 2013 continued Wednesday night as four people were wounded at a longshoreman’s celebration in Richmond.
Fresh off four murders last weekend in Surrey, shots rang out at 9 p.m. inside the Riverside Banquet Hall on River Road as 150 people gathered to welcome new longshoreman’s union members. RCMP arrived on scene within five minutes of the shooting and minutes after that one adult male was arrested near the hall, RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen said.
The man, who is known to police, was in custody Thursday but had not been charged as of the 24 hours deadline. Four adult males were shot and were in stable condition in area hospitals.
No motive was released by police, but Thiessen called it a “targeted” shooting. Police haven’t ruled out it being related to gang activity, but it isn’t believed to be related to the recent murders to hit the region.
Thiessen said he understood the public is concerned about the recent shootings, but added it happened at a private function.
“The risks are somewhat minimized to the broader community.”
Mark Gordienko, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada president, said he was “shocked and saddened” by the shootings, adding it was a party, not a union-sanctioned event.
“It’s a pretty horrific event.”
A banquet-hall manager, who didn’t want his name used, said staff normally used to hosting fun events were shaken by the incident.
“We do family events,” he said. “We can’t control this.”
The Richmond Serious Crime Section is leading the investigation.
Thiessen said police are looking to interview more witnesses who were at the event. If you were there and haven’t spoken with police, you should call Cpl. Rodier of Richmond RCMP at 604-207-4726 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.