Witnesses report possible shots fired in downtown Vancouver

A police vehicle is parked near Robson and Richards streets in downtown Vancouver on March 30, 2024.

Evidence markers are seen near Robson and Richards streets in downtown Vancouver on March 30, 2024. Police are responding to an incident in downtown Vancouver, where witnesses reported hearing gunfire late Saturday afternoon.

The Vancouver Police Department has not confirmed any details on what happened, but a black vehicle with apparent bullet holes could be seen crashed into a white car at Robson and Richards streets Saturday evening.

There also appeared to be a single bullet hole in the window of a nearby Tim Hortons.

It’s unclear whether anyone was injured. There were no ambulances or paramedics on scene when CTV News arrived.

Witnesses first reported hearing the gunshots around 5:45 p.m. Police had not made any public statements on the incident by 8 p.m.

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim told CTV News he was on his way to an event when he learned about the police incident, and decided to stop at the scene.

“This is absolutely terrible. The fact that a couple of brazen individuals would do this with no regard for public safety, it’s disgusting,” Sim said.

The mayor said he had been briefed on what happened, but could not provide any specific details as police were still working to gather information.

“Any time there’s gunfire, it’s concerning,” Sim said. “The people who did this are going to be held accountable.”

Witnesses said they heard as many as seven gunshots ring out. One man told CTV News that bystanders seemed to be frozen in fear as the situation was unfolding.

Authorities closed a busy stretch of Robson, from Richards to Homer streets, while police gathered evidence at the scene. It’s unclear when the street will reopen to traffic.

Source: CTV News