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2 killed in shooting in Canada; gunman targeted homeless people

Video above: Bystander who saw police surround someone on the ground in Langley A man who targeted homeless people fatally shot two men in a Vancouver, British Columbia suburb before being shot and killed by police, authorities said Monday. Police issued a cellphone alert saying they were at the scene of multiple shootings “with transient casualties.” The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said an emergency team found a suspect near where a man was found shot in the leg. During an interaction with police, the suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Two others were wounded — a woman who was in critical condition and the man who was shot in the leg, police said. Authorities said most of the shootings took place in downtown Langley, a city of 26,000 about 30 miles southeast of Vancouver. A reported shooting occurred in the neighboring town of Langley. Police did not immediately release a motive or the identity of the suspect. After the shooting began, ambulances and police vehicles converged on a shopping center. The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape and a major intersection was closed. A black tent had been erected over one of the crime scenes. An unmarked police SUV at one of the shooting scenes had at least seven bullet holes in the windshield and one through the driver’s window. Police issued a cellphone alert about 6:30 a.m. telling people to avoid the area and describing the suspected shooter. Another alert later said the suspect was in custody and believed to be solely responsible for the attacks. A homicide squad confirmed on social media that its investigators were deployed to Langley to assist. Mass shootings are less common in Canada than in the United States. The deadliest gun attack in Canadian history occurred in 2020, when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across rural Nova Scotia, killing 22 people. The country overhauled its gun control laws after a gunman named Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself in 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. It is now illegal to possess an unregistered gun or any type of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. To buy a gun, the country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.

Video above: Bystander who saw police surrounding someone on the ground in Langley

A man who targeted homeless people fatally shot two men in a Vancouver, British Columbia suburb before being shot and killed by police, authorities said Monday.

Police had issued a cellphone alert saying they were at the scene of several shootings “with transient victims.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said an emergency team found a suspect near where a man was found shot in the leg.

During an interaction with police, the suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Two others were injured – a woman who was in critical condition and the man who was shot in the leg, police said.

Authorities said most of the shootings took place in downtown Langley, a city of 26,000 about 30 miles southeast of Vancouver. One of the shootings occurred in neighboring Langley Township.

Police had no immediate information on the suspect’s motive or identity.

After the shooting began, ambulances and police vehicles converged on a shopping mall. The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape and a major intersection was closed. A black tent had been erected over one of the crime scenes.

An unmarked police SUV at one of the shooting scenes had at least seven bullet holes in the windshield and one through the driver’s window.

Police issued a cellphone alert about 6:30 a.m., telling people to avoid the area and describing the suspected shooter. Another alert later said the suspect was in custody and believed to be solely responsible for the attacks.

A homicide squad confirmed on social media that its investigators were deployed to Langley to assist.

Mass shootings are less common in Canada than in the United States. The deadliest gun attack in Canadian history occurred in 2020, when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across rural Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.

The country overhauled its gun control laws after a gunman named Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself in 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college.

It is now illegal to possess an unregistered gun or any type of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. To buy a gun, the country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.

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