Shooting leaves 'multiple' injuries after alleged robbery in Coquitlam
Car theft, shooting, pursuit, accident, arrests and on the run: all the elements of an action movie were present during a police intervention in Metro Vancouver on Tuesday night. Two suspects were arrested, two others fled, and “multiple” bystanders were injured, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed on Wednesday.
RCMP n did not reveal the number of people injured, but said they had not been hit by bullets and that their injuries were not life-threatening.
The aftermath began Tuesday at the property of a car dealership near the intersection of Lougheed Highway (Route 7) and Dominion Avenue in Port Coquitlam. /p>
After receiving a call reporting a robbery by four armed suspects, officers from the Coquitlam RCMP attended the scene at approximately 3:40 p.m.
They saw the suspects who were stealing a vehicle there, the RCMP said in a statement released Tuesday at 9 p.m.
The suspects fled in the stolen vehicle. An exchange of gunfire ensued, but neither the officers nor the two arrested suspects were injured, again according to the RCMP.
The x27;state of health of the two suspects still at large is not known.
The stolen vehicle was involved in a collision on Highway 1 near the King Edward Street Overpass near the Port Mann Bridge. The suspects then fled on foot, RCMP say.
A suspect was caught and arrested by RCMP, who say a second suspect stole a car that passed by and fled to Surrey, where he was eventually arrested by police.
The other two suspects who fled are still wanted by police.
Coquitlam RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken control of the investigation.
We want to thank our colleagues in Burnaby, Surrey, New Westminster, Vancouver, Maple Ridge, and the Greater Vancouver Response Tactical Group for their assistance, said Coquitlam Detachment Spokesperson, Corporal Alexa Hodgins.
She said it was a complex investigation, including multiple crime scenes after an intervention that required the support of several police forces.
We also thank the public who helped us by listening to our directives.
The Coquitlam RCMP is asking anyone who witnessed the events or who may have images of them to contact them at 604 945-1550 indicating that this is information for file 2022-30931.