Police say death of man found in pick truck ‘suspicious in nature’

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Officers secure scene in North Vancouver early yesterday.

A man is dead after being shot in the front seat of his pick-up truck Saturday night in what police are calling a targeted hit.

Police received several 9-1-1 calls at around 11:15 p.m. of either firecrackers or gunshots heard at the Delbrook Community Centre on West Queens Street in North Vancouver. When officers arrived, the man, the lone occupant of the black pick-up truck, was found dead.

While investigators believe it was a targeted shooting, they said it is still too early to link it any other homicides or gang activity.

"It’s suspicious in nature," said Cpl. Randall Wong, adding that there are currently no suspects.

The victim is described as an Asian male in his early 20s. He has yet to be identified, though police are working to determine if he is the person the car is registered to. The street was closed off to until morning as investigators combed the area for clues.

Julian Wamboldt, 21, lives across the street from the community centre and was returning home with some friends when the shots were fired. He was told to wait around two hours until police said it was OK to enter the area.

"I don’t think it’s settled in yet," said Wamboldt. "I guess I should be kind of scared, but I’m not."

"Usually when there’s something like this, a young male shot in a truck, it’s pretty targeted," said his friend Eric Thorpe, 21. "I don’t think it’s a random shooting."

Police are asking witnesses to come forward with any information.

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