A mixed martial arts fighter suffered non-life threatening injuries after he was shot in the leg following a professional bout on the Musqueam Reserve, Vancouver police said yesterday.
The fighter, who had lost his bout, walked outside a recreation centre with a bag of ice over one eye, when three men approached out of a crowd and shot him once, said a man who was at the rec centre yesterday, but who wished to remain anonymous.
A pair of bystanders helped the victim back into the gym, he said, while the three men jumped into a vehicle and drove off.
The shooting occurred at 10:45 p.m. Saturday outside a recreation centre in the 6300 Block of Crown Street.
Vancouver Insp. David Nelms said the shooters "did not seem to have anything to do with the event" and do not have a description of the vehicle.
The man, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, identified the shot fighter as Tim Thurston. This could not be confirmed by Metro yesterday.
A poster for the event: Honour Combat Championships presents First Strike listed Thurston as co-headliner along with Adam Thomas. The event featured seven bouts and drew 300 to 400 spectators.
Calls to Revolution Martial Arts, where Thurston is listed as a trainer, were not returned.