Intended IKEA target known to Mounties

Richmond RCMP said
Richmond RCMP said 'miraculously' nobody was injured after multiple shots were fired in the covered parkade at the IKEA store in Richmond, B.C.
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Tuesday afternoon's brazen shooting in the parkade beneath the mega new IKEA store on Bridgeport Road was a targetted incident, and investigators have identified the intended victim.

And they're also looking for a dark green domestic minivan seen fleeing the scene right after the shooting.

"After interviewing several witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage, police are now able to say that the incident is a targeted shooting," Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said Thursday. "The intended target is known to police however the incident is not gang related."

Multiple shots were fired around 4:30 p.m., but despite the fact the store was busy with Christmas shoppers, nobody was injured.

"The incident occurred in the parkade and miraculously no one was injured.  There was also no property damage," she said. "Suspects fled prior to police arrival and the reasons this incident occurred are not yet known."

Investigators are unable to provide a description of the suspect or suspects, and said no other description is available of the minivan.

Richmond Mounties have gathered evidence from the crime scene that will help paint a picture of precisely what happened.

"To say that this incident is very concerning is an understatement," Turley said. "Given the time of day and location, the total disregard of public safety is appalling."

Meanwhile, investigators are requesting witnesses to contact them.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone that has information about this incident is asked to please call Richmond RCMP at (604)278-1212.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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