An innocent 15-year-old who was shot during a night out with his family in Vancouver over the weekend has died of his injuries.
Vancouver police Chief Const. Adam Palmer addressed media earlier on Monday to say it was expected the teen would not survive his injuries. That man is known to police.
The third person wounded, a 30-year-old Vancouver man, suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Police believe he was not targeted and he was treated at the scene and released.
"This is bad and we are concerned with how brazen this was", Robillard said, adding that more than 30 officers are working on the case. "This is a priority for us".
It's unclear what prompted the incident, but Robillard said there are indications that gunfire was exchanged.
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The youth was reportedly driving with his parents home from Vancouver Saturday evening around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 when the shooting occured in the vicinity of the Indochine restaurant on Broadway at Ontario Street.
"There was a guy running down the street just shooting a gun, running down the sidewalk, aiming and shooting at something, I didn't see what", a witness told Global News on Saturday. "When it does, we put all our resources available to us to investigate this kind of crime". The window of the bank appeared to be damaged from gunfire.
Area resident Gloria Gribling said she heard what she thought were fireworks going off Saturday evening. "Unfortunately someone got hurt".
No arrests have been made and the area around East Broadway and Ontario Street was blocked for several hours. The 9 and 99 buses were detouring, causing confusion for some who take the popular bus routes.
Police are asking witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of the scene to come forward as the investigation continues.