Shooter shoots homeless people in suburban Vancouver, killing two and injuring two

Canadian police said a gunman attacked several homeless people in a Vancouver suburb on Monday, killing two and injuring two.

Police have been alerted to “multiple shooting scenes” in downtown Langley, a city of 26,000, about 48 kilometers southeast of Vancouver. It is reported that the shooting occurred in the nearby town of Langley.

Initially, police did not release a word on the suspect’s motives or identity, confirming later that day that the lone shooter had been killed at the scene.

After the shooting started, ambulances and police cars drove up to the shopping center. The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape and a major intersection was closed. A black tent was set up over one of the crime scenes.

An unmarked police SUV at one of the shooting sites had at least seven bullet holes in its windshield and one in the driver’s window.

At around 6:30 am local time (3:30 pm CET), police reported this via mobile phone, telling people to avoid the area and describing the suspected shooter. Later, another warning stated that the suspect was in custody and considered solely responsible for the attacks.

The homicide team confirmed on social media that its investigators headed to Langley to help.

Mass shootings in Canada are less common than in neighboring United States. The deadliest shooting in Canadian history took place in 2020 when a man disguised as a police officer gunned down people in their homes and set them on fire in Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.

The country overhauled its gun control laws after an attacker named Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself in 1989 at Montreal’s Polytechnic School.

It is currently illegal in Canada to own an unregistered handgun or any rapid fire weapon. Buying guns in the country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two certificates, a spouse notification, and a criminal record check.