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A 34-year-old man was shot in the arm after bullets were fired into an East Vancouver hotel room early yesterday morning.

Multiple shots were fired through a second-storey rear window of the Cassandra Hotel, located in the 3000 block of Kingsway Avenue, at about 2:30 a.m.

A man in the room was struck in his left forearm and right thumb while five other occupants were unharmed. The injured man was taken to the hospital.

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Police said the injuries were not serious and expected the man to be released later in the day.

"This appears to be a targeted incident, however it is too early to say if it is gang-related," Vancouver police said in a statement.

There are no suspects in the shooting and no charges have been laid.

Police surrounded the hotel shortly after receiving multiple reports of the shooting. When an officer saw shell casings and a broken window at the back of the hotel, the police entered the room, finding the injured man.

Also in the suite were two women, ages 18 and 20, and three other men, ages 19, 25, and 30. One of the men, said by police to be intoxicated, shut himself into the room for two hours following the incident before being coaxed out by a police negotiator.

Aside from the injured man, the occupants of the room were taken to police headquarters for investigation and subsequently released. Police said there were no weapons in the room at the time of the shooting.

A forensics team is continuing to investigate the room, the back lane, and the area surrounding the hotel.

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"The investigation is ongoing, there's quite a bit of forensic evidence to get through." said police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness.

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