A shooting spree in Canada which has left two men dead took place over almost six hours, police have revealed.
A third victim, a woman, is in a critical condition and another man was also shot in the leg in Langley, a city about an hour southeast of Vancouver. The shooter, identified as 28-year-old man Jordan Daniel Goggin, was then killed by police.
He was known to authorities for “non-criminal contacts”. His motive is unclear.
Langley police chief Ghalib Bhayani told a news conference the man was believed to be a “lone gunman” and authorities were working to establish whether there was any connection between him and the victims.
Earlier reports suggested the gunman had targeted homeless people but homicide investigator Sergeant David Lee was unable to confirm if the victims were in fact homeless.
A local homeless advocate told Canadian television network Global News the two people who were killed were living rough.
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Local media have published a timeline of the horror between midnight and 5.45am local time on Monday, citing police.
Sgt Lee said the critically injured woman was the first to be shot around midnight near the Cascades Casino, according to Langley Advance Times.
The next person was not shot until about three hours later at Creek Stone Place, which is a supportive housing complex helping people transition out of homelessness. The man was killed.
Google Maps shows the distance between the housing complex and the casino is about 1km.
The next person was shot and killed about two hours later at 5am near a bus station at Logan Ave and Glover Road – just over 1km away.
Then at about 5:45am, a man was shot in the leg around 200th Street and the Langley Bypass – about 1.5km from the bus station.
This was where Goggin was shot dead by officers after an “interaction” outside Willowbrook Mall but it is not known what time.
A police car was seen with at least nine gunshot holes. Another white vehicle was also seen strewn with bullet holes.
At about 6:20am Langley residents received emergency alerts from police confirming “multiple shooting scenes” in the city’s downtown area.
A subsequent alert informed residents that the suspect was no longer a threat, but urged them to keep away from the area.
Police said the initial alert was not sent earlier because investigators did not immediately realise the four shootings were connected, the country’s public broadcaster CBC reported.
“Our first responders were handling each case, one-on-one, and as the scene unfolded and as we were able to piece (it) together … The alert was done at the appropriate time as the information became known to us and a proper risk assessment was done,” Sgt Lee said.
“That time was the best time that we were able to issue the alert and tie these things together.”
Firearms-related violent crimes account for less than three per cent of all violent crimes in Canada but since 2009 the per capita rate of guns being fired with intent to kill or wound has increased five-fold.
Following a wave of mass shootings in the neighbouring United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a proposed freeze on handgun ownership that would effectively ban their importation and sale.
Canada banned 1500 types of military-grade or assault-style firearms in May 2020, days after the country’s worst mass shooting left 23 dead in rural Nova Scotia.
– with AFP
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