Update: Richmond shooting victim known to police

RCMP says 44-year-old has no known gang ties, but was likely victim of targeted hit in leafy, residential street

The 44-year-old victim of Tuesday morning's shooting is known to police and the hit appears to have been targeted, according to Richmond RCMP.

Patrol officers, responding to several calls of shots being fired, arrived at the scene on Waterton Drive - near No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway - within minutes and located a male suffering from gunshot wounds inside a residence in the relatively quiet family neighbourhood. 

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The victim, a man, was taken to hospital for treatment and, as of Wednesday morning, was in stable condition.   

He is known to Richmond RCMP and the "shooting appears to be targeted.

"The victim has no known ties to gangs or organized crime. The exact motive for the shooting remains unknown at this time," say police.

“Based on information gathered through our investigation it appears the shooting was targeted”, said acting Cpl. Adriana Peralta.

“We want to reassure the public that this was not a random act and that the risk to their personal safety is low”.

According to witnesses a black, hatchback style sedan was seen speeding away from the area. 

The vehicle’s connection to the shooting remains under investigation. 

The Richmond News earlier reported how the tree-lined street in south Richmond was turned into a crime scene Tuesday morning after the incident.

Richmond RCMP cordoned off the area around a detached home on Waterton Drive at Malahat Avenue – close to No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway.

The shooting took place in the 7800 block of Waterton Drive shortly before 6 a.m.

A local resident, who didn’t want to give her name, told the Richmond News that she heard some kind of noise early this morning, but “didn’t think more about it” until police taped off the street near her home.

Others have told media that they have spotted police activity at the home several times over the last year or so.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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