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Five in custody after overnight Vancouver shooting

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Five males - including two youths - were taken into custody Sunday after Vancouver police found a house riddled with bullets in the 400 block of East 49th Avenue.

None of the home's four occupants, a multi-generational family that included a teenager, were injured. Detectives are now investigating the possibility of a disagreement or feud between the suspects and the teen.

"At least some of the suspects are known to police for various crimes and contacts, and the youth in the victim house has had contact with police," said Const. Lindsey Houghton in an email.

A neighbour on the street, who wished to be only identified as Daria, said his father was startled awake around 2:30 a.m. by the sound of four shots.

"He thought it was firecrackers. You know, living in Vancouver for 31 years, I'm not expecting anything happening in my neighbourhood. I'm just speechless," he told 24 hours.

Houghton said suspects were arrested several blocks away from the home, after neighbours reported a car had fled the shooting scene.

"After a short negotiation, three young men, 20-years-old, 19-years-old, and 18-years-old, and two 17-year-old male youth were taken into custody without incident," he said. "They are all in custody and facing possible firearms and mischief-related charges."

Police added the house suffered some bullet damage and at least several bullet shell casings were found at the property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD at 604-717-2541.