Police are trying to reassure the public they are safe after a brazen daytime shooting yesterday left a City of Vancouver worker dead in Burnaby.
IHIT confirms fifty three year old Hanif Jessa was targeted in yesterday’s shooting.
IHIT Sgt. Stephanie Ashton says they are following a number of leads, but have no suspects in custody.
“Investigations take time, and it may be several days before updates will be provided. Our focus today is to find as many witnesses as we possibly can. We have been speaking to a number. We’re hoping that more people will come forward with information about the days leading up to Mr. Jessa’s death. At this point we are looking at a number of leads, there are no suspects in custody, no one has been arrested, no charges have been laid.”
IHIT says they can’t confirm the suspect worked with Jessa or was a disgruntled city of Vancouver employee.
Port Moody Police confirm the city’s involvement in yesterday’s lockdowns.
Police say Port Moody was told two of their employees could be at risk.
An online statement says “steps were taken to safeguard their well-being.”
Sources told CKNW the City of Vancouver worker who was killed also used to work in Port Moody.
Jessa was a sanitation manager and father of two.
Police in both cities scaled back their deployment to various city sites last evening once they said the threat was “substantially reduced.”
Vancouver’s Mayor is giving his condolences to the victim’s family and friends.
Still not using the man’s name, Gregor Robertson says he had worked for the city for 25 years and was much loved.
“This is obviously a very disturbing event for city staff – particularly those who worked closely with this employee over the years.”
Robertson says counselling is being offered for staff who are grieving.
The heavy security and police response at city works yards and buildings yesterday, he says, was done out of an abundance of caution.
And he says workers were given information about what was happening as soon as they could.
He says police say there is currently no risk to city employees.
At the Manitoba Works Yard, there were a few solemn faces as people heading into work Thursday morning.
They weren’t saying saying much about what happened.
The flag outside the Works building on West 70th Avenue has also been lowered to honour the victim.
Most workers coming in from the parking lot at the Sanitation gate decline comment, but one says it will be a rough day and another saying everyone is very upset, that they knew the victim and the suspect.