VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Police are hoping more people will come forward with information that could help them make an arrest in a deadly shooting that killed an innocent teenager from Coquitlam.
The 15-year-old boy was in a passing car when he was caught in the crossfire Saturday night near Broadway and Ontario Street. He later died of his injuries.
Another man, 23-year-old Kevin Whiteside, was shot and later died. Police believe he was the intended target and was involved in the exchange of gunfire, despite being banned from owning a firearm.
It’s still unclear who fired the gun that killed the teen.
A third person was also hit during the shootout. A bullet grazed his head and he was treated and released.
On Saturday, the VPD will be setting up its Mobile Command Centre near the site of the shooting. Detectives will be there from 3 p.m. to midnight to speak to anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any other information that could help them make an arrest.
“We have collected and reviewed video and determined that there are people out there we still need to talk to,” said VPD Constable Jason Doucette. “In particular, our detectives are looking to speak with anyone who was at the Indochine Kitchen + Bar around the time of the shooting – anywhere between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.”
Earlier this week, police had not released any information about a possible motive in the shooting, but the force did confirm people had been coming forward with information.
The VPD says this investigation is a top priority for officers as dozens work around the clock in hopes it will lead them to an arrest, sooner than later.
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Anyone with information can contact the VPD Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.