‘It’s just not right’: Family says they’re scared to move to Vancouver for fear of being caught in crossfire
It’s not the first time the family of a young man who died in a shooting near Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has faced the prospect of leaving the city.
“I have a feeling we’re going to end up in a lot of trouble,” said the father of two young children, who were at the centre of the conflict.
The incident occurred last weekend. “
There’s no place for them in the city.”
The incident occurred last weekend.
The family says they were watching a show on the popular television show Canada’s Got Talent when they heard a gunshot.
“It was pretty much a family reunion, and then we heard another shot,” said James Hodge.
“We were on our way to the grocery store when we heard the first shot.”
James Hinkle says he’s afraid to leave the area for fear he’ll be targeted by the local RCMP.
“My kids are like, ‘Is this what we’re doing here?'”
“The police, they’re like, oh no, we can’t do that, we’re not doing that, no, it’s not OK.”
Hodge’s family has lived in the community for more than a decade, but have never experienced such a shooting.
“A lot of the people around us are doing their job, and they’re working with the police, but it’s just too dangerous for the families,” Hodge added.
“At the end of the day, it just doesn’t make sense.”
The family is hoping to move out of the area soon.
They’re also calling for better community policing, including the establishment of a neighbourhood watch service, which would help keep people safe from the threat of violence.
“For us, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Hodge, adding that if he doesn’t move, he won’t be able to visit his children.
“That’s the real concern.
It’s a fear of us leaving.
We don’t want to be separated from them.”
Hoke said he feels he’s the only one who’s been targeted, and is also worried about his kids.
“But at the same time, I feel like they’re in a position to say, ‘Hey, you know, it could be anyone, we could be targeted,” he said.
Police have not confirmed any shots were fired during the incident.
A Vancouver police spokesperson said they are not aware of any investigations being opened into the incident, but said there has been a large increase in the number of calls to the Vancouver Police Department’s Homicide Division, as well as the city’s Emergency Response Team.
“While it is too early to speculate on the specific circumstances surrounding this shooting, we are aware of numerous calls made to the Homicide Section and are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said officers are also working with members of the public, with the goal of ensuring public safety.
“Vancouver Police will continue to work with the community and encourage them to exercise caution in areas such as parks and other public spaces,” the statement read.
“Any suspicious activity should be reported to the local police, as these types of incidents can often be traced back to a single person or persons acting alone.”
The city’s homicide branch has also said they would like to have officers working in the downtown area.
Vancouver police say they are actively looking into the circumstances behind the incident and that the family should remain calm and respectful.
They also said that they have spoken with the family and will be working with them in an effort to determine the details of their case.