Man hospitalized after shooting at busy mall in Metro Vancouver


VANCOUVER – Shopkeepers had to scramble for safety after a shooting at a busy mall in Metro Vancouver that left a man with potentially fatal injuries on Monday afternoon.

Police said they were called to Willowbrook Shopping Center in Langley at around 3:30 pm, and arrived to find a man injured by gunfire. Authorities have not released any details about the victim, and the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

“Based on exploratory theory at this early stage, it does not appear to be a random function,” Cpl. Holly Largi of the Langley RCMP detachment said in a news release.

Witnesses inside the mall recalled countless moments after the shooting of the witness. Don McLay was with his daughter at the Nordstrom Rack at the time, and said he had been taken to a stock room with dozens of others.

“Everyone was hurrying from the back of the duck and the store,” McClay told CTV News. “We had this husband and wife with their young son behind us, and the wife was crying.”

Eventually the police told the shopkeepers that there was no risk, and everyone was let out.

“I felt a little uneasy that I’m leaving the store, you know, going into an open parking lot,” Macal said. “But he assured that it was fine, and people of all kinds made haste for their cars.”

Langley RCMP said the area around Willowbrook Mall would be closed for a “significant time” while investigators surveyed the scene. No further information is expected to be released on Monday.

About half an hour after the shooting, officers responded to a report of a vehicle in a fire at a rural Berry farm in Aldergrove.

It is not yet clear whether the shooting is linked to vehicle fire, or to any of the recent gun violence in Metro Vancouver.

Anyone with information about the incident, including a dash cam video taken in the Willowbrook area at the time of the crime, is asked to contact Langley RCMP. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers.

CTV News Vancouver files with Nafisa Karim

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