Feature Story                                                                                                             Friday, August 8, 2014


Two Die, in Early Morning Mayhem

IHIT investigates triple shooting in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos


A coroner loads the body of a shooting victim on Gore Ave. Thursday in Chilliwack. Below, a coroner and IHIT forensics investigators move through the scene at Hawthorne Manor.


triple shooting in Chilliwack early Thursday resulted in the deaths of two men and left a third, a woman, in critical condition.


The shootings took place shortly after 4 a.m. on the third floor of the three-storey Hawthorne Manor apartment building located in the 46100-block of Gore Ave.


RCMP locked down the whole neighbourhood for the day. Every street corner from Young Rd to Williams had a cruiser stationed on it and surrounded by knots of yellow police tape.


The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) personnel brought with them an assortment of forensics vehicles to Gore Ave and Nowell St. and worked to try and piece together what happened leading up to the early morning shootings.


IHIT's Sgt. Bari Emam said in a release Thursday that two adults died and a third was injured.


I can confirm that this shooting has resulted in the deaths of two adult individuals and a third person has been injured. Our investigators are working closely with members of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment to advance this case," said Emam. "It is too early to discuss motive or the specific circumstances surrounding this incident, however, this incident appears to be targeted.


A Hawthorne Manor tenant told the Voice three people  ran from the building and two took off in a vehicle.


"But they forgot their friend, a third guy was running down the road chasing the getaway car," said the second floor tenant. "I didn't really hear the shots. My hearing's not so good anymore and I was laying down asleep."


A local store owner said one of the victims who apparently went by the name of "Tyler" was in their store last week looking for a TV.


On Thursday evening, police were seen walking through yards and lots with metal detectors, possibly looking for a weapon.


IHIT is asking anyone who was in the area of 46100 block of Gore Avenue in Chilliwack between 3:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. on August 7, 2014 who may have witnessed any suspicious persons or vehicles in this area or has witnessed anything in relation to this incident to please call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 by email here. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at www.solvecrime.ca

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