City of Vancouver confirms death of employee in Burnaby shooting

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The City of Vancouver has released a statement confirming one of their long-time employees has died in a shooting in Burnaby on July 15.

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On Wednesday afternoon, police responded to calls from neighbours in the 7900 block of Wickham Place saying they heard two men arguing followed by multiple gun shots. A person was taken to hospital with several gunshot wounds.

The city also confirmed that this was the reason for the lockdown of several City of Vancouver sites and buildings. The precautionary measures are now removed and business will resume as normal.

“VPD have committed to keeping the City Management Team apprised of any developments which might require any changes to security as their investigations proceed, but at this point, there is no change anticipated,” reads the statement.

While they didn’t confirm the name of the employee who died, it is believed to be Hanif Jessa, the Superintendent for Street Cleaning Operations for the City of Vancouver.

“Deepest condolences have been offered to the family and friends of our colleague.”

The city says to respect the privacy of the victim, interviews will not be given at this time.

The Vancouver Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and ask anyone with information to contact them at 604-717-3321.

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