When gunshots rang out half a block away from Allison Carter's home on Gladstone Street Saturday night, the East Vancouver resident thought maybe someone had popped a tire. But the three loud bangs were followed by the sound of a girl screaming and crying – a clear sign that something far worse had happened.
Vancouver police are investigating the shooting, which took place around 11:30 p.m. Saturday and left a 33-year-old East Vancouver man dead.
Investigators say it was not a random attack and are labeling it the seventh murder of the year.
Officers arrived at the scene after receiving distressed calls from local residents who reported hearing the gun shots. When they arrived on scene they found a man with gunshot wounds near the entrance to a home.
He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
Ms. Carter said she was relieved at how quickly the police cars arrived.
Peering out her window, Ms. Carter saw a group of teenagers – two girls and three boys – being interrogated by police. She said she isn't sure whether the teens were in the home when the shooting took place, or whether they just happened to be walking by at the wrong moment.
In the 28 years that she has lived in the neighbourhood, Ms. Carter only recalls one previous shooting incident, which occurred many years ago at a nearby restaurant. Generally, she said, the area is very safe and quiet.
"When I found out it was so close by it was pretty startling," Ms. Carter said. "Usually the neighbourhood is pretty safe."