On Monday, a well known gangster died in a gang rivalry shoot out in downtown Vancouver, and another man accompanying him was seriously injured.
At about 10.30 pm, Tejinder Singh Malli was shot at while he was in his car on West Cordova Street west of Thurlow Street near the Shaw Tower. The second man who was with him managed to escape from the car when shooting started.
A short while later, when police and ambulance arrived Malli was found injured and an undisclosed number of gunshot wounds inside the car, while the other man was found a short distance away on the street.
The second man who is a 28 year old from north Vancouver, underwent a surgery and is reported to be in a stable condition. However, the doctors couldn't save Malli as he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital late Monday night.
Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham revealed on Tuesday morning that both men are known to police and were regularly involved in gang activity. Fincham also said that it was too early to tell whether the surviving victim would co-operate with the police.
“We believe there were multiple suspects and multiple shots fired,” Fincham said. “It was a fairly chaotic situation.”
He also revealed that there were a number of witnesses to the Coal Harbour shooting. He, however, declined to release details on suspect vehicles or descriptions claiming it was too early for investigators.
On Tuesday morning, West Cordova Street remained closed off between Burrard and Bute streets as the investigators continued to examine the crime scene. This was Vancouver's second homicide case since the start of 2014.