Suspect in custody after New West homicide
One man is dead and one person is in custody after a shooting in New Westminster’s Hume Park Saturday evening around 7:30.
"We heard the bang, bang, bang. Probably about six shots. Rapid shots,” said Len Monteith, who was with half-a-dozen other people in the off-leash dog area of the park. "We all kind of looked at each and went that's gunshots for sure."
When officers arrived on the scene, they found one man dead from gunshot wounds.
Monteith says he saw several teenagers running from the area after the shooting as police moved in.
A short time later, heavily armed officers from New Westminster Police and RCMP surrounded a nearby house on Wilson Street.
Neighbours say they were ordered to stay inside while officers swarmed the area not far from Royal Columbian Hospital.
"They came up to my vehicle and told me it wasn't safe and I needed to get indoors as quickly as possible,” said Eric Reid, who lives down the block. "I heard a little bit of yelling, our neighbour said they had guns drawn, and whatever it was, it was over within about 20 minutes, half hour."
Police said they have arrested one suspect in connection to the shooting.
The New Westminster Police Department initially responded to the scene, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating.
The homicide does not appear to be random, and there are no further public safety concerns related to the incident, police said.
They have not identified the adult male victim or the suspect they have in custody.
Anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation is asked to call IHIT at 877-551-4448, or to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 to report information anonymously.