Two killed and two injured in gunfight in British Columbia

Authorities said two people were killed and two others were injured, one in critical condition, in shootings early Monday morning at four locations in Langley, British Columbia.

Police later shot and killed the shooter, who authorities say was responsible for all the shootings.

This was reported by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. they responded to reports that shots had been fired “at several different locations throughout the city and town of Langley”, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Vancouver.

The shooting began around midnight near the Cascades Casino, where a woman was critically injured, police said. Shooting was also reported around 3 a.m. near Creek Stone Place, a satellite housing development where the man was found dead, and at 5 a.m. at a site less than a mile away where another man was killed, police said.

Police fatally shot the shooter around 5:45 a.m. at the site of the last shooting, on a highway called the Langley Bypass. The last victim, a man, a sergeant, was wounded there. David Lee from Joint Homicide Squad said at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Sergeant Lee did not specify what type of weapon was used.

The names of the victims and the shooter, who Sergeant Lee said was “known to the police,” were not immediately released until relatives were notified.

Authorities said they were trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

“These people have been targeted,” said Sgt. Lee, “but how they are related to the shooter, we are still trying to determine.”

The shooting prompted authorities to issue an emergency call to mobile phone users in the area. Chief Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Ghalib Bhayani said Monday was “only the second time the RCMP in British Columbia has issued a public safety alert.” The first was after the report armed man in a pickup truck at Vanderhof in November.

One emergency alert Released on Monday, it said one of the shootings in Langley involved “temporary victims,” ​​but Sergeant Lee said authorities did not know if the victims were homeless.

The warning described the shooter as a white male with dark hair, wearing Carhartt overalls and a T-shirt with a blue and green camouflage pattern.

Langley Mayor Wahl van den Broek called the shooting a tragedy.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, the families and friends of those involved,” she said.