Attack did not appear random, police say





A 51-year-old Richmond man died yesterday after he was shot at Café Beinnho, a Vietnamese restaurant on Victoria Drive.

A 51-year-old Richmond man died yesterday morning after being shot in a possible gang-related attack at a Vietnamese restaurant on Victoria Drive.

The shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. on Halloween at Café Biennho (4884 Victoria Dr.).

When officers arrived on the scene, only the victim and three others remained.

"In a serious incident, people may run because they are scared … or because they don’t want to be involved, thinking that someone else will stick around and tell the story," said Const. Howard Chow.

The attack did not appear to be random, he said, but added that investigators are hesitant to call it a gangland-style shooting.

"In cases of this magnitude, (investigators) are very reluctant to put out too much about criminal history or how they’re known."

The injured man was taken to hospital but died of his wounds yesterday morning, becoming the city’s 17th homicide of the year.

Police said a lone shooter entered the restaurant, but have only a vague description of the person.

surge in violence

In recent months, the Lower Mainland has seen a spate of gang-related violence.

  • On Oct. 19, six people were killed in a Surrey highrise.

  • In September, an alleged Hells Angels associate was shot at while dropping his son off at school.

  • Three days earlier, Gurmit Singh Dhak, a 29-year-old gangster was shot at Quattro, a high-end Kitsilano restaurant.

  • In August, eight people were shot at a restaurant on East Broadway in the worst shooting in Vancouver’s history. Two died.