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'Open air' shooting, fatal MVA keep Burnaby cops busy Sunday

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Burnaby RCMP are investigating a shooting in the Metrotown neighbourhood Sunday night that they believe was a targeted incident.

On Nov. 27 at about 8 p.m., police received reports of shots fired at a condominium complex in the 4300-block of Central Boulevard.

"We have so far determined definitely that this was a targeted incident," said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Brenda Gresiuk. "We do know who the targeted persons were."

Officers arrived to find rounds had been fired into the exterior of the building, not at a suite but a common area where the intended targets were, said Gresiuk.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

While media reports described the incident as a "drive-by shooting," she said it's not yet known if that was the case, preferring to describe it as an "open air shooting." Investigators and forensics teams were on scene all night and police will be viewing video surveillance footage to determine what happened.

Police are "very familiar" with the targeted individuals, she said.

Anyone in the area at the time, who may have seen vehicles or suspicious activity, is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or, to remain anonymous, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Early that same day, at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, a female driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Burnaby.

The driver's car collided at with a concrete support pillar for the SkyTrain guideway on Lougheed Highway west of Willingdon Avenue.

The driver died at the scene.

It does appear speed was a factor as witnesses saw the car being driven at "very high speeds" before the crash, said Gresiuk. Early indications are that alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Police will not be releasing any more details about the victim, she said.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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