Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting in Gastown that sent four people – possibly innocent victims – to hospital early Sunday morning.
The victims – three women and one man in their 20s – were standing at the corner of Water and Richards streets at around 2:15 a.m. when someone opened fire at them, said Vancouver Const. Jana McGuinness.
Three of the victims were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while a fourth victim walked to hospital with a gunshot wound to her wrist that will require surgery.
“This is a call police dread, the call of a shooting in a public place where the potential exists for innocent victims to be caught up in the violence,” McGuinness said.
“We had a pretty busy street scene here (Saturday) night. At 2:15 the bars are getting out and all of a sudden gunshots break out in one of the most populated entertainment areas in our city.”
Police sent out a release on Friday suggesting there was a higher probability of gang violence this weekend.
“We can’t make that link to gangs this at this point, but of course we won’t leave any stones unturned,” McGuinness said. “But at this point it looks like we’re dealing with innocent victims, and that’s pretty disturbing.”
More than a dozen witnesses were interviewed.
The suspects – men in their late 20s – are known to police.