3 confirmed dead and 2 critically injured, including suspect, after multiple shootings in Langley, B.C.

3 confirmed dead, including suspect, after multiple shootings in Langley, B.C.

2 people injured during violence that triggered emergency alerts to the public


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A bicycle at the scene of a shooting at Willowbrook Mall, on 200 Street near the Langley Bypass, on Monday morning. Several people, at least one of whom was homeless, were shot, police said. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Two victims are dead and two others are seriously hurt after a series of shootings in Langley, B.C., prompted emergency alerts to the public on Monday.

A suspect was later identified and shot dead by RCMP, ending a series of attacks police believe were targeted at homeless people in the area.

RCMP were called to the downtown core of the City of Langley and the neighbouring Township of Langley for reported shootings “in the early hours of the morning,” according to a statement.

Four victims were shot.

One man was found dead by the Langley city bus loop at Logan Avenue and Glover Road. Another man was discovered dead at the nearby Creek Stone Place supportive housing project.

Police also found a woman who’d been shot near 203A Street and Fraser Highway. She was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Debris is pictured at the third crime scene in the parking lot of the Cascades Casino in Langley on Monday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

RCMP issued a blaring direct-to-cellphone emergency alert to the public with a description of a suspect and possible suspect vehicle just before 6:20 a.m. PT ⁠— the second time in the past year the Alert Ready system has been used for an active shooter scenario in B.C.

A man matching the suspect’s description was later found near Willowbrook Mall, at 200 Street and the Langley Bypass.

Police shot and killed him after an “interaction,” the statement said.

A fourth victim with a gunshot wound to the leg was found nearby.

“At this time we don’t know the motive behind this deadly incident, nor if there was any relationship between the deceased suspect and the victims,” said Chief Supt. Ghalib Bhayani, assistant district commander with the Lower Mainland RCMP.

Earlier in the morning, RCMP told CBC News a suspect had been taken into custody.

Sgt. Rebecca Parslow said the victims were homeless and that police believe the attack was targeted.

RCMP have established several crime scenes just a few kilometres apart: one at Willowbrook Mall, another at Cascades Casino on Fraser Highway and a third near a thrift store and the Logan Avenue bus loop.

In the parking lot of Willowbrook Mall, an unmarked black police vehicle was seen riddled with at least nine bullet holes in the windshield and driver’s side window.

On the sidewalk, a bicycle lay toppled with a blue sleeping bag and other personal belongings tied to a crate on the back. Outside the casino, a shopping cart and other items sat behind yellow police tape.

The initial emergency alert described the suspect as a white man with dark hair who was wearing brown Carhartt coveralls and a blue and green camouflage T-shirt with a red logo on the right sleeve.

The notice said he was connected to a white vehicle. Later in the morning, police were seen investigating a white four-door sedan and covering its licence plates in the same area where the suspect was shot dead outside the mall.


An emergency alert for multiple shootings in Langley, B.C., was sent to residents at 6:19 a.m. PT. (CBC)

Officials sent a second emergency alert just after 7:20 a.m. PT. It said the suspect was “no longer a threat” but reiterated the need to stay away from the downtown core as officers ruled out the possibility of multiple suspects.

The city and township of Langley are located around 40 kilometres southeast of Vancouver.

‘My heart breaks,’ mayor says

City of Langley Mayor Val van den Broek was at a loss for words on Monday.

“I can’t even explain it. Like I said, my heart breaks. This is something that you never want to see happen in your community. Never, ever,” she said.

“Sorry, I’m pretty emotional right now,” she added, through tears. “I volunteer with the homeless and I know them and it’s very personal for me as well.”

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is responding to the incident. The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which looks into police-related incidents causing serious harm or death, has also been called out as a result of the suspect’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators, Bhayani said.

RCMP have closed 200 Street, a major route through the centre of the city, between Willowbrook Mall and the Langley Bypass.

Police specified the following areas as places for the public to avoid:

  • 200 Street and the Langley Bypass

  • Cascades Casino on Fraser Highway and 204 Street

  • The Langley bus loop at Logan Avenue and Glover Road

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