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A police officer investigates at a residential neighbourhood in southeast Vancouver after a woman was shot to death in a vehicle. Ben Nelms for The Globe and Mail (Ben Nelms for The Globe and Mail/Ben Nelms for The Globe and Mail)
A police officer investigates at a residential neighbourhood in southeast Vancouver after a woman was shot to death in a vehicle. Ben Nelms for The Globe and Mail (Ben Nelms for The Globe and Mail/Ben Nelms for The Globe and Mail)

Woman killed in second 'targeted' shooting this week Add to ...

When police responded to reports of gunshots coming from an otherwise quiet southeast Vancouver neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon, they found a dead woman in the front seat of a car – but were also stunned by what they discovered in the back seat.

“Much to our shock, there was a young toddler – unharmed fortunately – in the back seat of the car,” Constable Lindsey Houghton told reporters gathered on the corner of a park as officers nearby were in the midst of a massive investigation.

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On Thursday, Vancouver Police identified the victim as 38-year old Thuy Yen “Jenny” Vu, but said she was not previously known to them. Police also confirmed that the toddler in the back seat was Ms. Vu’s three-year old son.

“We’re shocked. We’re very upset. Many of us are parents ourselves of young children, and it makes us sick to come on a scene like this.”

Constable Houghton described such violence as “completely unacceptable” whether it happened as it did Wednesday afternoon or at a downtown doughnut store – a reference to this being the second targeted shooting this week in a normally quiet place.

But the police spokesman said it’s too soon to connect the Wednesday shooting to a brazen shooting in a downtown Tim Horton’s on Tuesday night at about 7:30 p.m. that left an unidentified man in his 30s wounded. The man was known to police.

“It does not appear to be a random, drive-by type shooting,” Constable Houghton said of the shooting of the unidentified 38-year-old woman.

Investigators have confirmed Wednesday’s shooting – Vancouver’s 14th homicide this year – was “targeted,” which means the person wielding the gun was out to get the victim and not randomly firing their weapon in a drive-by attack.





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