What was initially reported as a shooting on Vancouver’s downtown east side Saturday morning was actually a self-inflicted accident, according to Vancouver Police.
A man was taken to hospital after 2:30 a.m. when police found him on the ground in front of the Maple Hotel, 177 East Hastings St. suffering from gunshot wounds.
Following interviews with investigators, police say it turns out the man had accidentally discharged the firearm on himself.
Police will now be focusing their attention on the circumstances surrounding the possession of that firearm, and potential firearms related charges.
The man remains in hospital in stable condition.