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Three arson suspects in custody after Richmond highway collision

Commercial truck driver taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Three people were taken into custody after a collision in Richmond.

Three arson suspects were taken into custody after a three-vehicle collision in Richmond on Monday morning.

A collision occurred on Highway 91 at about 10:45 a.m. that involved three vehicles, including a police vehicle from BC Highway Patrol, a commercial vehicle and a vehicle believed to be related to the arson suspects.

The three individuals in the third vehicle were taken into custody and held for an investigation related to a suspicious fire that occurred in Vancouver earlier in the morning.

The driver of the commercial vehicle was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Richmond RCMP media statement.

No other injuries were reported.

Earlier in the day, the RCMP received reports of a shooting at the University Golf Course, on the University Endowment Lands. Officers attended and located a man suffering from gunshot wounds who succumbed to his injuries.

At 10:02 a.m., a vehicle fire was reported in a laneway located a six-minute drive from the golf course.

IHIT is working with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) to determine if the two incidents are connected.

It is also unclear if there is a connection between the vehicle fire in Vancouver and the arson suspects involved in the crash on Highway 91. Investigators believe the incident at UBC was a targeted shooting in relation to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash on Highway 91, or has dash-cam or video evidence, is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).