Asian Journal

Victim of Kitsilano shooting identified as Manoj Kumar

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Vancouver: The Vancouver Police has identified the city’s fourth homicide victim as 30-year-old Vancouver resident Manoj Kumar. Just after 8:30 p.m. on April 16, the VPD received several 9-1-1 calls reporting shots being fired in the area of West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street. The suspect fled before officers arrived. Mr. Kumar died at the scene.

“Based on the circumstan­ces surroundin­g the shooting, this appears to have been a targeted homicide,” says Constable Jason Doucette, VPD. “Although it’s very early in the investigat­ion and we are still working to identify a motive, I can confirm that Mr. Kumar was not known to police and does not have any obvious connection­s to a criminal lifestyle.”

There were initial reports of a vehicle driving out of the area immediatel­y after the shooting. Officers were called to a vehicle fire just before midnight on West 22nd Avenue at Yew Street. Although the vehicle has not been directly linked to the shooting, officers have seized it pending further investigat­ion.

This is the city’s fourth homicide of 2019. No arrests have been made. Any witnesses, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time with dash-cam footage, is asked to contact investigat­ors at 604-7172500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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