Chilliwack shooting victim succumbs to injuries: IHIT
A 42-year-old woman shot in Chilliwack earlier this week has died.
Police said Christine Denham lived at the home in the 9400-block of Victor Street where she was shot just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. She was rushed to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to her injuries Friday.
Cpl. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Denham was known to police.
“She had several police interactions, police files, but she did not have a criminal record. She was not associated to any gangs,” Cpl. Jang said. He would not elaborate on what kind of interactions.
A neighbour told CTV News the house where Denham lived was frequented by a large number of people. He described regularly seeing needles on the sidewalk,saying neighbours have moved because of issues with the house and tenants.
“To be honest, when I saw the police, I thought, 'Finally they’re busting the house. They’re breaking it all up; It will be done,'” Rhiney Maceachern explained.
Maceachern said a man lived with Denham at the house but he has not been seen since Tuesday. The house has now been boarded up.
Investigators believe the shooting was not random and is not linked to any gang conflict in the Lower Mainland. They are asking any witnesses to come forward.
“It happened around one o'clock on Tuesday – middle of the day. Surely someone must have seen something or heard something,” Cpl. Jang stated.
Cpl. Frank Jang updating us on the shooting in Chilliwack on Tuesday. 42-year-old Christine Denham has now died of her injuries. @HomicideTeam says the shooting was not linked to gang conflict. @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/cRqwM63uSv— Breanna Karstens-Smith (@BreannaCTV) March 2, 2019
Thursday night shooting not connected
Chilliwack RCMP were called to the 45400-block of South Sumas Road after a shooting around 9 p.m. Thursday.
A 23-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 19-year-old man was arrested.
Police do not believe the two shootings are connected.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448) or CrimeStoppers.