Three people, including the suspected shooter, were killed in a series of shootings early Monday in the Canadian province of British Columbia, police said.
Police said the shooting in the town of Langley, a suburb of Vancouver, began around midnight and four people were shot by what was believed to be a lone gunman. Two men were found dead and another man and woman were injured. The woman is in critical condition in hospital.
Police said the shooter was injured when they located him and was shot at the scene by officers.
“We are still investigating to determine if the shooter acted alone. While the investigation is ongoing, indications are that there was no one else involved and there is no longer a security threat. public,” said Chief Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani of the Regional Royal. said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) during a press conference.
Shootings took place in at least five different locations in the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. Police had asked the public to stay out of several areas, including a casino parking lot and a bus stop.
Authorities had issued an emergency alert for several shootings involving “transient victims”, leading to suggestions that the victims were homeless.
But Sergeant David Lee of the RCMP Homicide Investigation Team said he could not confirm the victims were homeless and officers were still trying to determine if they had a connection to the shooter. .
The shooter and the victims have been identified but the police have not released this information.
The alert described the suspect as a white male in overalls and a camouflage T-shirt.
A Reuters witness saw two black SUVs, similar to those used by police emergency response teams, in a ditch near one of the shooting sites. A vehicle had bullet holes in the windshield.
Multiple shootings are much less common in Canada than in the United States. Canada has stricter gun laws than its southern neighbor, although Canadians are allowed to own firearms as long as they have a license.
One of Canada’s worst mass shootings took place in 2020, when a gunman driving a fake police car shot 13 people and killed nine others in a fire he started in Portapique, New Scotland.
Although Canada’s rate of firearm homicide is less than a fifth of the US rate, it is higher than other wealthy countries and has been rising, according to Statistics Canada.
In May, Ottawa introduced legislation to implement a “national freeze” on the sale and purchase of handguns a week after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in their class in Uvalde, Texas.