BURNABY (NEWS1130) – A double homicide is under investigation in Burnaby.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is on scene at a sushi restaurant on Royal Oak Avenue between Kingsway and Grimmer Street.

Police have identified 36-year-old Huong Tran of Burnaby, the owner of the restaurant, as one of the victims. A woman also shot and killed inside the eatery has been identified but her name is being withheld, as her family is still being notified.

A person walking along Royal Oak around 10 p.m. yesterday spotted one of the bodies inside the restaurant and called 911. Burnaby RCMP responding to that call discovered the second body. Both victims had been shot.

“The victims are not known to police,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound. “And at this point we are looking for a motive and trying to delve into any information that might shed some light on why this homicide occurred.”

Pound adds the murders don’t seem linked to gangs, and its unclear even if robbery was a factor in these killings.

Despite the brutality of the crime, just up the street from the busy Metrotown shopping centre, Burnaby Mounties are trying to reassure the public about safety.

“Burnaby is a city is safe” says Supt. Derren Lench, the acting chief of Burnaby RCMP. “We do have crimes, obviously, but homicides aren’t one of the crimes that typically occur in our city.”

Lench says every available resource has been dedicated to the homicide investigation.

Royal Oak Avenue remains closed, and is expected to stay that way until tomorrow morning.