The VPD 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.”
Kitsilano Shooting https://t.co/ksAt04ES3h— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) April 17, 2019
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.
The city's 4th homicide victim of 2019 is 30-year-old Manoj Kumar, who was shot & killed April 16 just after 8:30 pm near W.4th & Burrard. Any witnesses, or anyone driving in the area with dash-cam footage, is asked to call 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers. https://t.co/BdAynPRgJ2 pic.twitter.com/co8kZ4PDpV— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) April 18, 2019
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 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Shock and disbelief as a deadly shooting on Tuesday evening in Kitsilano has neighbours on edge. @LienYeung spoke to residents in the area who have been shaken by the violence.https://t.co/68BPMBrj5v pic.twitter.com/Hx1Bimvso0— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) April 18, 2019