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Man faces several charges in connection with New West shooting

Shooting was targeted but not gang-related
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A suspected has been charged with several offences in connection to a May 2020 shooting in New West. File

A 42-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences in connection to a May 2020 shooting at his former home.

New Westminster Police Department attended a home near Hamilton and 20th streets about 1:50 a.m. on May 12, 2020 after receiving a report of shots fired at a house. The residents were home at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured.

“This kind of violence is extremely traumatic and should have no place in our community,” NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Sanjay Kumar said in a news release. “Our Victim Assistance Unit is working with the residents of the home to ensure they have ongoing support and services as this matter progresses through the court process.”

According to the New Westminster Police Department, this incident is not connected to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Kumar said the suspect had once lived in the residence with the occupants but had moved out of the home and the city before the incident occurred. He said about five or six people lived in the home, and it’s believed “there were some interactions” between the home’s occupants in late 2019.

“We are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting,” he told the Record. “From the information that we have gathered, there may have been a falling out prior to him leaving, but we are still trying to confirm that.”

Although the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, the NWPD’s major crime unit investigated the shooting. At the time of the incident, the police stated it was an “isolated and targeted shooting” and did not believe there was any risk to the public.

Fabian Thorpe has been charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm, use of firearm while committing an indictable offence, careless use of a firearm, possession of firearm knowing possession was unauthorized, unauthorized possession of firearm and mischief to property over $5,000.

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