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Weekend marred by violence in Metro Vancouver

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 8:40 am PDT

Police in Vancouver were called to the Marine Gateway Cineplex near Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie after a body was found inside a vehicle in the parking lot on Saturday. (Courtesy Reddit @ghrant)
Summary

Shooting in Burnaby that left one man dead latest of three violent events in Metro Vancouver this weekend

Body of man was found in Vancouver's south end on Saturday evening in the first of the three violent incidents

A 45-year-old woman has died after some sort of incident in the Gastown area early Sunday morning

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It was a busy weekend for local police, and it had nothing to do with the weather.

Three people were killed in as many incidents Saturday and Sunday.

A shooting in Burnaby is the latest of the three violent events, leaving a man in his 20s dead. Mounties confirmed the victim, who was found in serious conditions on Sunday evening, had died of his injuries on Monday. Shots rang out at the busy intersection of Canada Way and Willingdon Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, across the street from BCIT.

It’s believed the shooting was targeted, but the RCMP has yet to make any arrests.

The violent string of events began on Saturday night, after a body was found in a car in the parking lot of a popular Vancouver mall. The man was found around 8:30 p.m., police say, at the Marine Gateway Cineplex near Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie.

The Vancouver Police Department has said it doesn’t believe the public is at risk. Regardless, the discovery sent a shock through some shoppers on Sunday afternoon.

“Typically, this type of thing is certainly not around these areas,” one man told NEWS 1130. “This is one of the first times that we’ve seen something so close to home.”

That homicide was followed hours later by the killing of a 45-year-old woman in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood, in the area of Abbott and Water streets.

Few details have been made available about this case, but Vancouver police said they were called around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

First responders are said to have tried to resuscitate the victim, but weren’t able to do so.

No arrests have been made in any of the three cases, and police are looking to speak with anyone who may have any information about these investigations.

You can contact the Burnaby RCMP 604.646.9999, the VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604.717.2500, or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.

-With files from Jonathan Szekeres, Tarnjit Parmar, Lisa Steacy, and Mike Lloyd