Vancouver resident Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu, 26, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in connection with a Richmond shooting Wednesday.
Sandhu appeared briefly in Richmond Provincial Court Friday. Sandhu has been remanded in custody until Jan. 24.
He is facing four charges in total including three counts of attempted murder and one of aggravated assault.
RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said Sandhu was arrested a short distance away just five minutes after gunfire erupted about 9 p.m. at the bash for new union members at the Riverside Banquet Hall in the 14500block of River Road.
Thiessen said the four people injured are in stable condition in hospital with various gunshot wounds.
"I'd like to clarify that we have determined this is a targeted incident, which happened at a private function," Thiessen said.
While some of the 150 people who attended have spoken to Richmond RCMP, others have not, he said. "We need more cooperation than we are getting."
The attack is not believed to be linked to a recent spate of shootings across the Lower Mainland that left four dead.
The Vancouver Sun learned the suspected shooter was an invited guest who briefly left the party and returned with a gun. Some in attendance said the gun jammed or more people could have been hurt. Full story at www.richmond-news.com.