It was a weekend full of shootings in Vancouver. According to multiple sources, there were three Vancouver shootings in 24 hours on Sunday, September 22 and police are still searching for the people responsible. All the shootings took place in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Here’s what we know about the incidents.

According to CBC News, Vancouver police are continuing to investigate three shootings that took place in Vancouver's DTES over the weekend. They allegedly took place within a 24-hour span.

The three shootings occurred all within just a kilometre of each other on Sunday. Out of all the incidents, police have noted that one person has been sent to the hospital.

CBC News reported that the first shooting took place in the area of Hastings Street and Dunlevy Avenue about two blocks away from Oppenheimer Park at around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. One person was taken to the hospital and is in serious but stable condition. 

The second incident took place at 6 p.m. that evening near Abbott and Pender Street. Police have not stated anything regarding injuries as a result of that incident. Officials have stated that they do not believe that these shootings are related.

The third shooting took place in front of a pub on Abbott and Hastings Street early on the following Monday morning. Police have not yet released any information on the third shooting. 

While these incidents are scary, police are describing them as isolated and targeted. At this time, no arrests have been made; however, the investigation is ongoing. 

Witnesses have now come forward to speak about what they saw. 

CBC News spoke with Lorna Bird, president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, as the first shooting of the 24-hour spree took place outside the door of its overdose prevention site on Hastings Street. 

Bird told CBC News that the victim was a man in his 40s but was not a regular at the site. She has also stated that the shooting was drug-related. 

According to the Vancouver Sun, three shots were fired at this location. Thankfully, no one working at Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users was injured. 

Narcity has reached out the Vancouver Police Department for comment and will update this story. 

According to a Vancouver police press release, emergency calls for police in Oppenheimer Park in the DTES close to the location of the shootings has increased by 87% from June to August when compared to last year's numbers. 

Of 453 firearms seized by police this year, 49% have come from districts including Oppenheimer Park and the DTES.

Vancouver police have stated that they will "continue to maintain a visible presence in and around Oppenheimer Park and the Downtown Eastside to keep the peace, ensure public safety, and respond to incidents."

Shootings are not frequent in Vancouver. Nine months ago, a shooting took place at a mall near Vancouver. One victim was taken to the hospital as a result.

This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.


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