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Updates: Shootings in Yaletown, near Science World; Suspect in custody
Vancouver police took a man into custody on Tuesday, after they responded to reports of a shooting in Yaletown, outside of a Starbucks on Davie Street.
Police say the shooting was reported to them just after 11 a.m. They arrived on the scene and found a man who had been shot. He was rushed to hospital by paramedics, in serious condition.
Police say they then followed a man "believed to be responsible" for the shooting to the area around Science World on Terminal and Quebec streets, where gunfire ensued. An officer was injured in the gunfire – sustaining minor injuries from flying glass – and so was the suspect.
"There was an exchange of gunfire that resulted in both the man and an officer being injured," said Sgt. Randy Fincham.
The man was taken into custody. Police say they believe no suspects are outstanding.
The Vancouver PD is now investigating the shooting.
"The alleged shooter remains in hospital in stable condition," the VPD said in its press release.
"The unidentified officer is being treated in hospital for minor injuries.
"Police will not be providing information about the identity of the victim or the suspect at this time."
CTV reporter Maria Weisgarber Tweeted that she saw three bullet casings on the street in Yaletown, and said there was "shattered glass at the front of bldg, and bloody materials on sidewalk" at the scene.
Her colleague, CTV's Lisa Rossington reported that people were still stuck in Science World at 12:25 p.m. – almost 90 minutes after the shooting in Yaletown– and that it had been locked since the shootout that injured the suspect and an officer.
Among those locked in Science World was a kindergarten class from New Westminster's Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary. The 22 students were at the Telus bulb on a field trip, and watched a movie before they were allowed to leave and board their bus (story via the New Westminster NewsLeader).
"The children were in full "lock down" until the area was deemed safe," said principal Patty Farris, in a letter sent to elementary school parents after the incident. "We appreciate that events like these may affect siblings of the affected children and other children may also be concerned if they hear about the incident.
"We want you to be aware of this situation in case your child wants to talk about it. We would recommend that you shelter your children from any media coverage of this event and that you don’t raise the topic of the incident unless your child brings it up. If your child brings up the incident and you feel your child would benefit from talking to our school counsellor, please do not hesitate to contact me."
Witnesses have said it was a "drive-by" shooting in Yaletown.
"A witness also told Vancity Buzz that it appears to be a drive-by shooting at the Starbucks near Urban Fare," reported their staff, adding that the incident might have involved the area's Reckless Bike Store, across the street from Starbucks.
"There was a guy on the floor and he was getting resuscitated, it looked like they were pumping his chest," said witness Stefan Zubovic, in an interview with the Huffington Post B.C. "There was a lot of blood covering his chest and they just kept pumping and pumping."
More details to come...