A fatal shooting in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Burnaby may be linked to heavy police presence and the lockdowns of several City of Vancouver sites and buildings.
Just after noon today, Burnaby RCMP responded to shots fired at the 7900 block of Wickham Place where neighbours heard two men arguing followed by multiple gun shots. One person was transported to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. There has not been any information released on the suspect or if an arrest was made.
Then, soon after, the City of Vancouver reported a threat was made toward one City employee and subsequently locked down a Works Yard.
“Due to a threat against a City of Vancouver employee, the City and the police have taken the unusual steps of securing a number works yards and job sites. The police do not believe that there is a risk to the general public at this time,” said the Vancouver Police Department.
Mayor Gregor Robertson also released a statement, saying “The City of Vancouver has experienced a serious incident today. This kind of incident is very challenging for the thousands of hardworking staff who come to work everyday to make Vancouver a better place, and their safety and well-being is my utmost concern.”
Unconfirmed reports claim the victim was Hanif Jessa, a City of Vancouver employee who worked as superintendent for street cleaning operations. His address is known to be on Wickham Place in Burnaby.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is working with Burnaby RCMP and VPD on the ongoing investigation.