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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder charges in Downtown Eastside shooting

Last Updated Oct 23, 2020 at 4:23 pm PST

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

A man pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder in relation to a gang shooting: VPD

Joseph Bassett was arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at West Pender and Abbott Street in September

Bassett is expected back in court later this month

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.

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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