UPDATE: Woman was innocent victim in Richmond tattoo parlour
Richmond Mounties are continuing to investigate Friday night's shooting at Floating Shop Tattoo Parlor, but believe the woman who was shot was an innocent bystander.
"It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Richmond RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski said of the shooting at 8388 Capstan Way, at Sexsmith Rd.
Kowalski said multiple shots were fired, and one of those struck the woman, who was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. As of Monday morning, she was still in hospital and in stable condition.
Asked if anybody in the surrounding businesses was ever in danger from the shooting, Kowalski said in cases like this, criminals don't take into account that others could be hurt or killed.
Kowalski said nobody outside the business—in a strip mall that had many businesses still open at the time, including Tapioka Express and Richmond Sushi—were at risk of being struck.
It was around 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 when Richmond RCMP responded to a call of shots fired at Floating Shop Tattoo Parlor.
When investigators arrived, they found a woman had been shot, and she was taken to hospital.
The suspect or suspects fled the scene prior to police's arrival.
Investigators are still trying to determine if this was a botched robbery, or if something else was behind the shooting.
Witnesses to the incident have been interviewed, and police are following up leads, Kowalski said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, for those who wish to remain anonymous.