Burnaby man charged in Vancouver shooting

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A 22-year-old Burnaby man has been arrested and charged in connection with last week's shooting in the 1600-block of Commercial Drive, say Vancouver Police.

On March 29, at about 2:45 a.m. a 20-year-old man was walking with two friends when shots were fired at him from a nearby vehicle. The vehicle fled and the man was rushed to hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police believed the victim was targeted.

On Sunday, VPD arrested the suspect without incident while he was driving alone at Kingsway and Harold Street.

Erlan Lizandro Acosta, 22, of Burnaby has been charged with one count each of attempted murder with a firearm, using a restricted or prohibited firearm, discharging a firearm with intent to harm, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, occupying a vehicle in which there is a firearm present, knowingly possessing a firearm without a license and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Acosta is known to police for prior drug-related offences. He has been remanded into custody and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday morning.

Vancouver police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to call 604-717-2541 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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