3 dead, including shooting suspect, in hour-long incident in Langley, BC

A suspect believed to be responsible for shooting multiple people in Langley, BC was killed by police Monday morning.

Police said four victims were found at various locations in Langley early in the morning. The first shooting happened around midnight, followed by one at 3 a.m., another around 5 a.m. and a fourth around 5:45 a.m., police said.

Two men were found dead, one near Creekstone Place and another in the Langley City Bus Loop near Logan and Glover Roads. A woman was found near 203A Street and Fraser Highway and taken to the hospital in critical condition. A fourth victim was found shot in the leg near Langley Bypass and 200th Street.

Shots may also have been fired at closed or unoccupied businesses, police said.

Police located a suspect near the fourth victim. In an opening statement, Langley RCMP said “investigators believe the sole suspect is in custody.” But in an update, police said officers shot the suspect and pronounced him dead at the scene.

As a result, the BC Police watchdog was called in to investigate the incident.

The victims and suspect were not identified by police as notifications to relatives are still ongoing. However, investigators said they knew the suspect.

Police said they are still working to understand a possible motive or connection between the suspect and the victims.

In an evening press conference, the mayor of the city of Langley, Val van den Broek, called the event a tragedy.

“I am here with a heavy heart… Everyone in our community needs to know that to the best of our knowledge, this was an isolated incident and we are doing everything we can to help people,” he said.

“I want to say to the community: we are strong, we will get through this. We’ve been through a lot before.”

A street is blocked off in Langley, BC, after multiple people were shot on July 25, 2022. (Shelley Moore/CTV News Vancouver)

EMERGENCY ALERT SENT

The incident prompted two emergency alerts early Monday.

The first alert was sent around 6:20 a.m. and said the incident occurred in downtown Langley and in Langley Township. He said the incident involved “transient victims” and that police “had interaction with a suspect.”

Then, in a second alert sent about an hour later, an update said “the suspicious police officer you interacted with is no longer a threat.”

Police said the alerts were issued as investigators confirmed the suspect was acting alone.

Chief Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani further explained that the alert was sent because the incident met “the basic criteria required” to send one.

Those criteria are the reasonable belief that there is an active threat that poses a significant risk of harm to the public, the situation is unpredictable, and there is enough information available to provide clear instructions to the public on how to stay safe.

It is the second time that the RCMP issues an alert in the province.

Despite the wording of the emergency alert, police said they are still working to understand who the victims are.

“At this time we are determining the exact nature of who these individuals are and cannot confirm that they are, in fact, homeless,” said Sgt. IHIT’s David Lee said. “We can’t confirm that. We’re still determining if they were homeless.”

While the investigation is ongoing, several areas in the City of Langley and Langley Township are closed to the public. People are asked to stay out of the area near 200 Street and the Langley Bypass; the Cascades Casino parking lot at Fraser Highway and 204 Street; and the Langley Bus Loop at Logan Avenue and Glover Road.

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