Police investigating fatal shooting in North Van

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Police in North Vancouver are investigating after a fatal shooting last night in the area of 17th Street and St. Andrews Avenue.

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The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team posted a brief statement saying it is working with the North Vancouver RCMP to find those responsible for the shooting.

Police have not yet provided details about the shooting. Police expect to provide an update later today.

Nina Knudsen and her 16-year-old daughter Brynn Meredith were at home in the 200 block of 17th Street where the shooting took place when they heard the gunfire just before 11 p.m.

“I heard six shots,” said Meredith. “I heard three then a (one)-second break then three more.”

Meredith said one man appeared to have been shot in an alley that runs between 17th and 18th streets.

Knudsen and Meredith said a man who appeared to be hurt ran from that area to one of the nearby fourplexes before collapsing.

“He was screaming in pain,” said Knudsen.

Police arrived quickly and began to search the area, said Knudsen, telling neighbours to stay inside.

North Vancouver resident Mark Teasdale lives in the same area where the shooting took place, a residential area not far from Lions Gate Hospital.

“We heard five or seven shots. Then someone screaming,” he told the North Shore News.

Teasdale said he was told people heard men yelling in the area right before the shots went off.

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Two ambulances on the scene of a shooting Wednesday night in North Vancouver. photo Mark Teasdale

Police and ambulance crews were on the scene quickly, said Teasdale.

The man who had been screaming was loaded into an ambulance and taken away, said Teasdale.

He said he also saw a second ambulance approaching the scene.

Police have not said how many people were shot.

The alleyway remains cordoned off this morning with a police presence in the area of the shooting along 17th Street.

 

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