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IHIT identifies Burnaby woman on life support after North Vancouver shooting

Last Updated Apr 4, 2019 at 4:04 pm PDT

Investigators at the scene of a shooting in North Vancouver on April 2, 2019. (Source: CityNews Vancouver)
Summary

Anita Nguyen is on life support with "non-survivable injuries" after she was shot in North Vancouver

IHIT believe North Vancouver shooting was a targeted incident

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A woman who remains on life support after a shooting in North Vancouver this week has been identified as Anita Nguyen.

The 32-year-old Burnaby woman was shot Tuesday morning in the area of Lonsdale Ave. and 12th St. She has “non-survivable injuries.”

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is handling the case and working with North Vancouver RCMP. Investigators believe it was a targeted incident.

“[Nguyen] has had some police interactions in the past, but right now, the motive isn’t clear,” said Cpl. Frank Jang with IHIT. “We’re hoping those who knew her the best — friends, family members and associates — who can shed light on exactly why anyone would want to do her harm — we’re appealing to those people.”

Jang hasn’t released many details about her interactions with police, but says “a few of them have been negative.”

“But there’s nothing that we know right now from her past that would link her to the incident on Tuesday.”

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“Right now what we know is a quarter to 11 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, April. 2, somebody approached Ms. Nguyen and shot her,” said Jang.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions as to what she did that day and the timeline of Ms. Nguyen’s activities on Tuesday is hugely important to us. We need to know where she went that morning, who she was supposed to meet up with, who she did meet up with. These are all important questions.”

Police have said there is no risk to the public.

“We can all imagine what the family has been going through since the shooting. Ms. Nguyen’s family has been by her side. It’s been a devastating time for them. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends,” said Jang.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 – With files from Sonia Aslam and Espe Currie