A man was shot to death at the Vancouver International Airport in what authorities said appeared to be a gang-related incident Sunday, and police were later fired on while pursuing suspects.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said officers intercepted the suspected getaway car shortly after the 3 p.m. shooting at the airport and came under gunfire from the car. An unspecified number of suspects escaped, and no officers were injured.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed that a man was fatally shot near the departure terminal at Vancouver’s airport, which is in neighboring Richmond, British Columbia.
Traffic cones blocked off a section of the international and domestic departure areas at the airport, and police erected tall, white screens in front of an entrance, blocking views of the shooting scene. Most of the shops in the area were shut down.
Shooting outside YVR Intern’l depart's @3PM . 1 male victim. #RichmondRCMP intercepted getaway veh & were shot at by sus's.
Officers not hurt. Sus's outstanding.
YVR Ops back to normal.
Sea Island Way shut down No. 3 Rd to Sexmith Rd.#IHIT handling any further queries. pic.twitter.com/5bTP0G95Qo
— Richmond RCMP (@RichmondRCMP) May 10, 2021
The victim was known to police and the incident was related to a spate of recent gang violence, police said.
The murder “was targeted and carried out in broad daylight, with absolutely no regard for public safety”, Richmond Chief Supt Will Ng said.
“This generation of gangsters is taking things to another level,” he added. “They will stop at nothing to target rivals, even if it’s an international airport in broad daylight on Mother’s Day and putting everyone at risk, including shooting at a police officer.”
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the shooting was disturbing.
“My thoughts are with the communities in the lower mainland who have been impacted by gun and gang violence far too often,”