The New Westminster Police Department is investigating a shooting at a home the quiet Glenbrook North neighbourhood that ended with one person taken away in an ambulance.
Police were alerted to shots fired at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at an Osborne Avenue home west of Second Street. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, and police determined shots had been fired in what looks like a targeted, isolated incident.
“Investigators are speaking with witnesses and other parties who may be involved,” said Sergeant Josh Hooker. “Because we are still in the early stages of the investigation, detectives are working hard to determine what exactly happened. The New Westminster Police Department will provide further updates when more details are available.”
As of 9 a.m. Monday morning, Osborne Avenue was still closed off by police tape, with more tape surrounding a brown house about three doors in from Second Street.
By around 8:30 p.m., neighbours said police had populated the area with emergency response teams and K9 units.
“All of these police cars just start showing up, one after another,” said Michelle Falcone, who counted around eight police cars, a fire department emergency response vehicle and around three ambulances. “It was really alarming.”
Falcone said she saw emergency response team officers in heavy gear and brandishing long rifles in her yard at the corner of Second Street and Ovens Avenue, just a couple hundred metres from the incident. She added that she saw police officers with a dog sniffing around, all the way up to Eighth Avenue and around her home.
“It was really scary. I did ask out the window if everything was OK, and they just said, ‘stay in your home,’ so we don’t know what happened,” Falcone said, adding police were looking east down Ovens Street, as though they were waiting for something.
“[It felt like] it’s not safe out here; there’s someone or something lurking around.”
Neighbours said they saw one person taken away in an ambulance, but couldn’t identify the person.
Kristina Pinton, who lives two doors away from the incident, said the house has been the subject of police calls in the past.
“There’s been some police activity around. We don’t really know what goes on there, but there has been some police activity, recently,” she said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the NWPD’s major crime unit at 604-525-5411.