Mid-day Yaletown shooting suspect flees to Science World, exchanges gunfire with police.
Police have yet to confirm the victim of this morning’s shooting in Yaletown was local bicycle shop owner Paul Dragan. Nor would they say the suspect now in custody was a former disgruntled employee.
Constable Brian Montague would only say the target was a 52-year old man.
“So, the motive for the shooting in the first place is speculation right now. We don’t have any real facts as to why the shooting took place. I don’t know if the suspect is known to us. The pursuit took place both on foot and on bicycle.”
Victim, suspect, and one officer in hospital.
Both men are now in hospital. Montague says the suspect was wounded when gunfire was exchanged with police near Science World. An officer was also wounded by flying glass.
The first shots were heard around 11am outside the Starbucks on Davie Street near Marinaside Crescent.
The suspect then was seen fleeing on a bicycle towards Science World where the police confrontation took place.
Families locked down in Science World.
This is how CKNW reporter Janet Brow described the scene at Science World at noon,
“The place was packed with motorists and of course children and their care givers inside science world. At least 50 youngsters were inside the building when shots rang out just after 11am this morning and the entire building was locked down.”
One father, Lucas Deharo told us he got a text from his wife who was inside Science World saying there had been a shooting.
“She told me she was about to leave the museum when—told her apparently something is happening where you don’t go out… and then afterwards she saw a police man shooting… then they were to keep calm and lay down on the floor—to watch a movie”
He says he jumped in his car and raced to the scene, where we caught up with him.
At this time the last of the parents and caregivers have been escorted out of Science World onto waiting BC Transit and school buses to be taken apparently either home or back to the police station for further questioning.