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Man charged with attempted murder after string of Downtown Eastside shootings

Last Updated Sep 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm PST

Police in Vancouver are investigating a third shooting in about 15 hours on the Downtown Eastside. (Mike Lloyd, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

There were three shootings within 15 hours on the Downtown Eastside last weekend

Arrests have now been made in two of those shootings

Police are still investigating whether the incidents are connected

VANCOUVER¬† (NEWS 1130) — A man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in one of three shootings in the Downtown Eastside last weekend.

Joseph Bassett, 29, was arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at West Pender and Abbott Street on the evening of Sept. 22. Two men–a 28-year old from Langley, and a 25-year-old from Surrey–were injured. Bassett has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and multiple weapons offences, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

“Each of these shootings appears targeted and gang related,” says Const. Steve Addison. “We are still investigating any and all connections between the three incidents, and we need anyone with information to do the right thing and come forward.”

Earlier this week, two people were arrested and charged with weapons-related offences for a shooting near the Grand Union Hotel in the early morning of Sept. 23.

No arrests have been made in the third shooting–which happened at 4 p.m. Sep.t 22 near East Hastings Street and Dunlevy Avenue.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the VPD Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.