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Man shot in Metrotown-area restaurant

An RCMP officer releases a vehicle that was caught behind police tape as they investigated a shooting at the Cactus Club restaurant on Kingsway Tuesday afternoon. One victim was transported to hospital. Kingsway, from McKay to Sussex was closed for several hours. - Mario Bartel/NewsLeader
An RCMP officer releases a vehicle that was caught behind police tape as they investigated a shooting at the Cactus Club restaurant on Kingsway Tuesday afternoon. One victim was transported to hospital. Kingsway, from McKay to Sussex was closed for several hours.
— image credit: Mario Bartel/NewsLeader

Burnaby RCMP are investigating after a man was shot Tuesday afternoon shortly before 2 p.m. while inside the Cactus Club restaurant in the 4800-block of Kingsway.

The victim, in his early 30s, was shot while sitting with several other males and was taken by ambulance to hospital after sustaining what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland District RCMP.

Witnesses reported that the male suspect fled on foot. All indications are that the shooting was targeted and it's not yet clear whether it is gang-related, Thiessen said.

"The restaurant had several patrons inside at the time of the shooting," he said. "It is extremely fortunate that no innocent bystanders were injured."

Mitchell Lin, 19, was having lunch with his family in the restaurant about an hour before the shooting occurred. After seeing a movie at Metropolis at Metrotown, he was watching the scene of police cars and police tape blocking off the area from the mall parking lot, across from the Cactus Club.

Lin said he didn't notice anything unusual when he was in the restaurant but said it was scary knowing the incident happened shortly after he left.

"It's crazy, anything can happen so quickly, you can't imagine. It definitely makes you worried."

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any information and has not spoken to police is asked to call Burnaby RCMP's Serious Crime Unit at 604-294-7922 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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~ with files from Mario Bartel

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