VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A man pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder this past week in relation to a gang-related shooting on the Downtown Eastside last year, according to the Vancouver Police Department.
Joseph Bassett, 30, also pleaded guilty to one count each of unlawful possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, breach of a firearms prohibition order, assault with a weapon, and aggravated assault.
Bassett was arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at West Pender and Abbott Street in September 2019.
Two men – a 28-year old from Langley, and a 25-year-old from Surrey – were injured.
“Investigators believe that this gang shooting was in relation to control of the drug trade in the downtown eastside,” Const. Tania Visintin says in a release.
Bassett is expected back in court later this month.
–with files from Lisa Steacy