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Multiple Killed In Canadian Shooting Spree That Targeted Homeless People

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Multiple Killed In Canadian Shooting Spree That Targeted Homeless People

Two people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a shooting spree in Canada.

AP reports the shooting incident 'targeted homeless people' in a Vancouver suburb in British Colombia.

Authorities said the spree was spread out over several areas in Langley, which is about 48 kilometres southeast of the capital.

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They issued a cellphone alert to people in the affected areas saying there was an incident 'involving transient victims'.

Police found the suspect and discovered he had a gunshot wound to his leg.

The gunman was eventually shot 'during an interaction with police' and he died at the scene.

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Images from the scene show a police vehicle riddled with more than half a dozen bullet holes.

One of the two people who were injured in the attack is in a critical condition after she was 'discovered near a highway in the city', according to News Corp.

The other person injured was shot in the leg.

Police haven't been able to work out the identity of the shooter or what sparked the attack.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Chief Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani said: "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.

“During their interaction with the suspect police fired their weapon, hitting the man.

"He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Crime scenes have been established at at Willowbrook Mall, Cascades Casino on Fraser Highway and another near a thrift store and the Logan Avenue bus loop, according to CBC.

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City of Langley Mayor Val van den Broek was horrified at the violence committed during the incident.

"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 while trying to hold back tears.

"Sorry, I'm pretty emotional right now. I volunteer with the homeless and I know them and it's very personal for me as well."

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Authorities are now investigating whether the shooter acted alone or had other accomplices.

The ABC reports that police are fairly certain he was solely responsible for the shooting.

Shootings like this are rare in Canada after the country overhauled its gun laws in the wake of previous tragedies.

Canadians are banned from owning an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon.

Those who wish to apply for a gun license have to undergo special training, a personal-risk assessment, a check into their criminal history, two references, and a notification to their spouse.

Featured Image Credit: Jess Lee/Facebook. Elton Law / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: News

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