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A 17-year-old is recovering in hospital after being shot yesterday at Seymour and Helmcken streets Downtown.


A 17-year-old is expected to survive after he was shot twice during a fight in Downtown Vancouver early yesterday morning.

Vancouver Const. Tim Fanning said the youth’s wounds are non-life-threatening and expects him to be out of the hospital in the next couple of days.

Investigators are looking for two suspects in the shooting, but are not releasing a description of the pair until the initial interviews are completed.

The shooting took place at 4:10 a.m. at the intersection of Seymour and Helmcken streets.

A man, who lives on the 23rd floor of a nearby condo, said he was laying in bed with the window open when he heard yelling from the street below.

The man, who refused to give his name, said he was “jolted awake” by “four or five distinct gunshots.”

From his window, he watched as the victim stumbled across the intersection and collapsed on the hood of a black sedan that was headed southeast on Helmcken Street.

Police said the encounter began about an hour earlier.

The victim was walking in the area with two friends after a “night on the town” when they ran into the two suspects. Words were exchanged, Fanning said, but there was no physical confrontation and the victim went to one of his friend’s house for about an hour.

The victim left his friend’s house after 4 a.m. and encountered the two again. A fight broke out and the 17-year-old was shot at least twice.