Two killed in overnight shootings in Canadian town

Shootings were reported at a homeless centre but also at other sites in the town of Langley.

Two killed in overnight shootings in Canadian town

A gunman has been shot dead by Canadian police after an overnight rampage near Vancouver that left two people dead and two others wounded.

Authorities initially said it appeared the attacker was targeting homeless people before dawn on Monday but later said the motive was under investigation.

Shootings were reported at a homeless centre but also at other sites in the town of Langley.

Officials said a woman was critically wounded in the first shooting at a casino at midnight.

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A police vehicle with bullet holes at the scene of a shooting in Langley(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

At 5am, the third shooting killed a second man at a bus stop. Then another man was shot in the leg near a highway bypass at 5.45am.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said an emergency response team confronted the gunman far from the fourth attack and he was shot dead, Ghalib Bhayani, an RCMP superintendent, said/

Police identified the suspect as Jordan Goggin, 28, of Surrey, British Columbia.

Authorities said they were working to determine the motive behind the attack. It was not known if the gunman and his victims were acquainted, Mr Bhayani said.

He told reporters that the suspect’s death would be subject to an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia, a civilian-led police oversight agency.

The shootings occurred in Langley, a town of 29,000 people about 30 miles south east of Vancouver.

The town features a variety of shops and restaurants and almost 350 acres of parks. Many residents moved there for its less expensive housing and commute to Vancouver, the largest city in the province of British Columbia.

Most of the shootings were in central Langley. One was in neighbouring Langley Township.

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A police officer stands near the site of a shooting (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

The area was cordoned off with yellow police tape and a major intersection was closed. A black tent was set up over one of the crime scenes.

An unmarked police SUV at one of the shooting scenes, near a bus depot, had at least seven bullet holes in the windshield and one through the driver’s window.

Mass shootings are less common in Canada than in the United States. The deadliest gun rampage in Canadian history happened in 2020 when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.

The country had overhauled its gun-control laws after an attacker killed 14 women and himself in 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college.

It is now illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. To purchase a weapon, the country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.

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