One man has been killed, and responding officers were fired upon in a brazen, daylight shooting at Vancouver International Airport that police say is related to the ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, which is now handling the probe into the shooting death, said it planned to hold a news conference Sunday night.
According to The Vancouver Sun, the alleged shooter and accomplices fled in a Honda Pilot, shooting at police as they drove away.
"This type of disregard and disdain for public safety at our global airport is at the next level", Richmond RCMP Chief Superintendent Will Ng said on Sunday evening.
After the shooting, an SUV departed the area with at least two more people inside, Jang told reporters.
Police intercepted the getaway vehicle but were shot at by the escaping suspects, though no officers were injured, the tweet continued.
Traffic cones are blocking off a section of the global and Canada departure areas at the airport, and police have screened off a section near the terminal entrance, but neither airport officials nor RCMP will give more details about the incident.
"The airport is open and safe for airport workers and those who need to travel", according to the statement. Most of the shops in the area were shut down.
There's been a string of shootings in Metro Vancouver over the last several days, including the murder of a prison corrections officer in the parking lot of a busy Delta, B.C., shopping mall.
Because gangers are taking it to the next level, Ng said police will do the same.
Jang said police are looking for dashcam video from those who were in the area Sunday between the airport and the location where the vehicle was found on fire to help with their investigation.
On Sunday, federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair added his voice to the chorus of officials disturbed by the situation in the region.