Road rage blamed for deadly shooting in East Vancouver
Police are investigating after an apparent road rage incident turned deadly in East Vancouver overnight.
The 33-year-old victim was gunned down at around 1:30 a.m. Friday near Bridgeway Street, in an industrial area underneath the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
Though few details have been confirmed, Sgt. Jason Robillard said the senseless killing appears to have been motivated by a mere traffic dispute.
"We do believe this is a road rage situation," Robillard said. "We're still trying to piece it all together to determine what happened."
Police were called to the shooting scene, but the victim was already dead by the time they arrived.
His name isn't being released pending notification of next of kin, but authorities confirmed he was a Vancouver resident.
Police said he was driving a grey Toyota Matrix and that the suspected shooter was in a white sedan. They couldn't say whether the two vehicles were involved in a collision.
There was a passenger in the Matrix as well, and she suffered minor injuries at some point during the incident. Police said she was taken to hospital for treatment and released.
So far, no suspects have been arrested. Police are canvassing the area for surveillance footage, and have asked anyone who recorded dashcam video near the intersection of McGill and Renfrew streets between 1:30 and 2 a.m. to contact them.
Robillard could not comment on the significance of that intersection, which is several blocks from the area where the victim was found.
It's unclear whether one of the vehicles followed the other to that location.
Anyone with information on the murder, which marks the city's 18th homicide of the year, is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department or Crime Stoppers.