Police say man was shot and killed near terminal at Vancouver Airport

Marco Green
May 10, 2021

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers search around rows of luggage carts as screens block off an area of the sidewalk after a shooting outside the global departures terminal at Vancouver worldwide Airport, in Richmond, British Columbia, Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Police are looking for one or more suspects. Officers weren't hurt during the exchange, police said.

Traffic cones are blocking off a section of the worldwide and Canadian departure areas at the airport, and police have erected white screens in front of an entrance way. Most of the shops in the area were shut down.

The Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is expected to speak to the media shortly in Richmond.

A Twitter statement from the Vancouver Airport Authority says the airport is open, safe and flights are operating.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police told CTV News the SkyTrain closure was precautionary and referred questions on the incident itself to RCMP. Two ambulances were also dispatched to the airport after the shooting, but no one was taken to hospital, according to EHS. The short clip, recorded at a distance, showed an individual on the ground, bullet casings nearby and an RCMP officer just outside the airport.

In a follow-up tweet around 4:45 p.m., the airport described the situation as "contained".

Major routes and bridges were temporarily closed in and out of Richmond Sunday afternoon for the unspecified police incident.

By 4 p.m. roads had reopened and the Canada Line was running to the airport again.

The incident caused major traffic delays in several areas of the city including Highway 99, Highway 91 and the Massey Tunnel.

She also said that, given a recent spate of gang shootings in the Lower Mainland over the last few weeks, officers have been approaching all recent shootings as potentially related to recent gang activity.

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