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Man killed in capturing at Vancouver airport, police verify

Police confirmed {that a} man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon at Vancouver Worldwide Airport in Richmond, B.C.

The Decrease Mainland’s Built-in Murder Investigation crew confirmed the demise. RCMP say officers are searching for a number of suspects.

B.C. RCMP spokesperson Daybreak Roberts mentioned Richmond RCMP responded to reviews of a capturing at round 3 p.m. PT on the airport. 

Visitors cones are blockading a piece of the worldwide and Canada departure areas on the airport, and police have screened off a piece. One worker at a close-by automotive rental centre says he heard a number of gunshots fired within the space.

The Provincial Well being Companies Authority additionally mentioned emergency responders obtained a name at about 3 p.m. PT a couple of police incident on the airport.

Bike paramedics on the airport responded and two floor items have been dispatched, however nobody was transported to hospital. 

Police say they’re nonetheless trying to find a number of suspects associated to the capturing. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The airport mentioned the state of affairs outdoors its essential terminal has been “contained” and the airport is open and secure. Flights are nonetheless working.

The incident disrupted main site visitors routes and police are asking folks to keep away from the realm. 

The Alex Fraser and Queensborough bridges, in addition to the Massey Tunnel, have been quickly closed however have since reopened, based on DriveBC. 

The Templeton, Sea Island Centre, and YVR-Airport stations on the Canada Line have been additionally quickly closed, however have reopened. 

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are asking folks to keep away from Sea Island, the place YVR airport is situated, and the airport itself if potential. 

Roberts mentioned RCMP are additionally wanting into potential hyperlinks between the capturing and a burned-out automobile that was present in close by Surrey, within the 9700 block of Princess Drive at 3:30 p.m. PT Sunday afternoon.

She additionally mentioned that, given a current spate of gang shootings within the Decrease Mainland over the previous few weeks, officers have been approaching all current shootings as probably associated to current gang exercise. 

Most of the shootings have been in busy public areas. 

A criminologist at Simon Fraser College suspects the shootings point out a deterioration of management inside gangs within the area.  

However Roberts mentioned it is unclear presently if the airport capturing was focused and is expounded to this newest string of violent crime. 

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