Man killed in daytime shooting at Vancouver airport

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Man killed in daytime shooting at Vancouver airport

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A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon near the departure terminal at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., police confirmed.

The Lower Mainland’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said on Twitter it has sent officers to the airport and a media availability is expected later this evening in Richmond.

RCMP said officers are looking for one or more suspects.

B.C. RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said Richmond RCMP responded to reports of a shooting at around 3 p.m. PT at the airport. 

Police intercepted the getaway vehicle and were shot at by the suspects, who are still at large, Richmond RCMP said in a tweet. Officers weren’t hurt during the exchange, RCMP said.  

Traffic cones are blocking off a section of the international and Canadian departure areas at the airport, and police have erected white screens in front of an entrance way. Inside the terminal, yellow police tape has restricted the same doorway and most of the shops in the area are closed.

An RCMP officer works at the scene after a shooting at Vancouver International Airport on Sunday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Emergency responders received a call at about 3 p.m. PT about a police incident at the airport, the Provincial Health Services Authority said.

Bike paramedics at the airport responded and two ground units were dispatched, but no one was transported to hospital. 

Police say they are still searching for one or more suspects related to the shooting. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The airport said the situation outside its main terminal has been “contained” and the airport is open and safe. Flights are still operating.

The incident disrupted major traffic routes and police are asking people to stay away from the area. 

The Alex Fraser and Queensborough bridges, as well as the Massey Tunnel, were temporarily closed but have since reopened, according to DriveBC. 

The Templeton, Sea Island Centre, and YVR-Airport stations on the Canada Line were also temporarily closed, but have reopened. 

Richmond RCMP said Sea Island Way is shut down from No. 3 Road to Sexmith Road.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are asking people to avoid Sea Island, where YVR airport is located, and the airport itself if possible. 

Investigating possible gang links

RCMP are also looking into possible links between the shooting and a burned-out vehicle that was found in nearby Surrey, in the 9700 block of Princess Drive at 3:30 p.m. PT Sunday afternoon, Roberts said.

She also said that, given a recent spate of gang shootings in the Lower Mainland over the last few weeks, officers have been approaching all recent shootings as potentially related to recent gang activity. 

Many of the shootings have been in busy public areas. 

A criminologist at Simon Fraser University suspects the shootings indicate a deterioration of control within gangs in the region.  

But Roberts said it’s unclear at this time if the airport shooting was targeted and is related to this latest string of violent crime.

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