An alleged fraudster and his associate were the target of firearms in a Japanese restaurant in Richmond, British Columbia. The first is still alive in the hospital while the second is dead.
The surviving victim is Paul Kin Jin, Global News reported. Mr. Jin was in the sights of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) during a failed operation to defeat a network of illicit money lending.
Mr. Jin has always denied the allegations against him, and the RCMP's case did not lead to legal action.
Police were called to intervene at the Manzo Itamae Japanese restaurant at around 7:30 a.m. local time. The two victims were transported to a hospital in a sorry state. Ms. Jin's partner, who was in his 40s, succumbed to his injuries.
“This is a planned execution, for whatever reason,” Vancouver Police Anti-Gang Unit retiree Doug Spencer told Global News .
The RCMP did not report any suspects as of Saturday evening.
Saturday night's incident follows numerous shootings in the area over the previous week.
A man was shot and injured Monday in Newton in an event believed to be linked to gang conflicts. Two days later, a 23-year-old man was killed in Vancouver, and the next day two shootings broke out in Surrey and Richmond, in the greater Vancouver area.