Attack did not appear random, police say
JEFF HODSON/METRO VANCOUVER
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.